V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) 1. the highest level attainable; 2. an exaggerated expression, such as praise; (adj.) 1. outstanding and best in quality or degree; 2. when comparing adjectives or adverbs in grammar, it is the highest form, as in "greatest" or "lowest "

Synonyms: (n.) top, exaggeration (of praise), honor, (adj.) excellent, first-class, greatest, highest, magnificent, outstanding, supreme

Antonyms: lowest, worst

Tips: Think, "super or superior." Superlative refers to things that are at the top; they are superior to the rest. This can be applied to the many definitions of superlative, except for the noun definition of "an exaggerated expression."

Usage Examples:

His performance in the play was superlative. (magnificent, first-class, excellent) adjective

The dinner you prepared tonight was a superlative example of fine dining. (magnificent, outstanding, supreme) adjective

The critics lavished so many superlatives on that movie, I'm sure it will win an Oscar. (exaggerations of praise, honors) noun

The superlative form of "bad" is "worst." (highest form of an adjective) adjective

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