Definition of superanimal in US English:



  • 1Of a human attribute, faculty, etc.: derived from or relating to the intellectual, moral, or spiritual side of man, rather than the physical or instinctive. Compare "animal". Now rare.

  • 2Of an animal or its characteristics: greater than or transcending that which is typical of an animal.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Baxter (1615–1691), ejected minister and religious writer. From super- + animal.