One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thing resting on another as a foundation; a superstructure. Often figurative or in figurative contexts.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Montagu (bap. 1575, d. 1641), bishop of Norwich and religious controversialist. From classical Latin superstruct-, past participial stem of superstruere superstruct + -ive. Compare earlier superstruction and later superstruct.
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