Definition of superhuman in US English:

superhuman

adjective

  • Having or showing exceptional ability or powers.

    ‘the pilot made one last superhuman effort not to come down right on our heads’
    • ‘However, the action seems to take place in a parallel world where one can have superhuman powers.’
    • ‘Amazingly, they show no signs of exhaustion from the superhuman efforts of the previous night's show.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to think they're some sort of breed of genetically enhanced superhuman, or actually manic workaholic robots.’
    • ‘Soon, Ellie and Jimmy start displaying superhuman powers.’
    • ‘Their heroic scale, their superhuman beauty and power, and the swelling volume of their forms became part of Michelangelo's style, and through him part of Renaissance art in general.’
    • ‘Did he think she had some superhuman powers that let her do everything at once?’
    • ‘But I'm only one guy, albeit one with many superhuman abilities beyond those of mere mortal men, and clearly I can't play and review every game.’
    • ‘He is a superhero with no superhuman powers; he's just unbelievably driven.’
    • ‘Why else have they honed their fighting ability to such superhuman levels if not to kill?’
    • ‘This was a rare man, a master of pen and sword who plugged his own almost superhuman vigour into the power-source of revolutionary faith.’
    • ‘I've always dreamed of three things: having amnesia, being a spy with superhuman abilities, and being one of those guys who walks around naked as a jaybird.’
    • ‘One night, Jeremy decides to test his father's superhuman powers.’
    • ‘Their superhuman aiming abilities allow them to land perfectly aimed shots, even from strictly impossible distances, every single time.’
    • ‘A 15 year-old girl with superhuman powers destined to protect the world from the creatures of the night armed only with a pointy stick and aided by some painfully earnest wise-cracking friends?’
    • ‘The humans will look, talk and act as regular humans, but will be gifted with superhuman abilities.’
    • ‘Throughout the whole of Ireland people are making superhuman efforts to encourage tolerance.’
    • ‘If the subject appears to have choice, autonomy, responsibility, and liberty, the power of superhuman forces looms just as large, and it is the conflict between the two that gives the drama its tragic dimension.’
    • ‘The English voice dub reflects this quality, with a superhuman effort put in by all the voice actors to make the roles hyper, authentic, and fun.’
    • ‘While you expect them to leap across rooms, tossing characters around like rag dolls with their superhuman powers, such abilities are instead reserved for boss enemies.’
    • ‘One disappointment is that a few of his stunts have been enhanced by special effects, meaning that some of the superhuman moves are really beyond human ability.’
    extraordinary, phenomenal, prodigious, stupendous, exceptional, great, immense, enormous, heroic, godlike, herculean, remarkable
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from late Latin superhumanus (see super-, human).

Pronunciation

superhuman

/ˌso͞opərˈ(h)yo͞omən//ˌsupərˈ(h)jumən/