superlative - Dictionary definition and meaning for word superlative

(noun) an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)
Example Sentence
  • the critics lavished superlatives on it

(noun) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
Synonyms : acme , elevation , height , meridian , peak , pinnacle , summit , tiptop , top
Example Sentence
  • his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
  • the artist's gifts are at their acme
  • at the height of her career
  • the peak of perfection
  • summer was at its peak
  • ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
  • the summit of his ambition
  • so many highest superlatives achieved by man
  • at the top of his profession

(noun) the superlative form of an adjective or adverb
Synonyms : superlative degree
Example Sentence
  • `fastest' is the superlative of the adjective `fast'
  • `least famous' is the superlative degree of the adjective `famous'
  • `most surely' is the superlative of the adverb `surely'

(adj) highest in quality
Synonyms : greatest , sterling

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