Definition of surpassing in English:


Line breaks: sur¦pass|ing
Pronunciation: /səˈpɑːsɪŋ
, səˈpasɪŋ/


dated or literary
Incomparable or outstanding: a picture of surpassing beauty
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  • Frequently incorrect, occasionally even inaccurate, he nevertheless stirs orchestras into producing sounds of surpassing beauty, using wildly unconventional hand movements that even he cannot reproduce when not conducting.
  • Many people know the story of Padmini, the queen of Chittaur, whose surpassing beauty led Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, to wage a ruthless war.
  • They will enter a hall of surpassing beauty, with walls of Douglas fir that flow as elegantly as the lines of a fine instrument, a space as soulful in its way as the cathedral's nave.
informal fabulous, fantastic, stupendous, out of this world, terrific, tremendous, awesome, stellar
literary wondrous



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  • The small pursed mouth was gracefully opened to shape surpassingly sweet words.
  • He was always cool - and not because he adapted his personality to meet the definitions of the era, but because he was surpassingly cool.
  • This could only be achieved by a surpassingly brilliant editor.

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