Definition of superman in English:

superman

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Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpəman
 
, ˈsjuː-/

noun (plural supermen)

  • 1 another term for Übermensch.
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    • For Nietzsche, Manu and his code of caste regulations became the basis for a theory of the superman, just as the brahmin and the Aryan fused to incarnate the notion of ‘pure blood.’
    • It could be the deconstruction of the myth of the Nietzschean superman.
    • Long years ago, at the very beginning of my writing career, I attacked Nietzsche and his superman idea.
  • 2 (Superman) A US cartoon character having great strength, the ability to fly, and other extraordinary powers.
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    • Let's play fashion expert for a second and compare the new Superman to the old-school Supermen.
    • It was one of the worst cases of special effects regression since the lesser known of the Supermen movies.
    • But Superman moved away from Smallville, you say.
  • 2.1 (a superman) • informal A man with exceptional physical or mental ability: appearing in that number of races would have taxed the strength of a superman

Origin

early 20th century: from super- 'exceptional' + man, coined by G. B. Shaw in imitation of German Übermensch (used by Nietzsche).

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