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su·per·man

 (so͞o′pər-măn′)
n.
1. A man with more than human powers.
2. An ideal superior man who, according to Nietzsche, forgoes transient pleasure, exercises creative power, lives at a level of experience beyond standards of good and evil, and is the goal of human evolution. Also called overman.

[Translation of German Übermensch : über-, super- + Mensch, man.]
Word History: Superman, the all-American 20th-century comic-book hero, takes his name from the term the 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche used for the ideal superior man: Übermensch. The German Übermensch might also have been translated as overman or beyondman, but George Bernard Shaw's play Man and Superman, published in 1903, helped to establish the English term for Nietzsche's concept as superman. Such a term comes to us through a process called loan translation, whereby the semantic components of a word or phrase in one language are translated literally into their equivalents in another language.

superman

(ˈsuːpəˌmæn)
n, pl -men
1. (Philosophy) (in the philosophy of Nietzsche) an ideal man who through integrity and creativity would rise above good and evil and who represents the goal of human evolution
2. any man of apparently superhuman powers

su•per•man

(ˈsu pərˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
1. a person of extraordinary or superhuman powers.
2. an ideal superior being conceived by Nietzsche as attaining happiness and dominance through creativity and integrity.
[1900–05; translation of German Übermensch]
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Translations
nadčlověk
supermand
felsõbbrendû ember
ofurmenni
超人
antžmogis
pārcilvēks
nadčloveksuperman
süpermen

superman

[ˈsuːpəmæn] N (supermen (pl)) → superhombre m

superman

[ˈsuːpərmæn] nsurhomme m

superman

n pl <-men> → Übermensch m; Superman (in comics) → Supermann m

superman

[ˈsuːpəˌmæn] n (-men (pl)) → superuomo

superman

(ˈsuːpəmӕn) noun
an imagined man of the future with amazing powers. a race of supermen.
References in classic literature ?
Thus, all unread in philosophy, Daylight preempted for himself the position and vocation of a twentieth-century superman.
The superman manipulated the strings, and when robbery of the workers became too slow or monotonous, they turned loose and robbed one another.
For instance, the ideal of the Superman is put forth quite clearly in all his writings during the years
The notion of rearing the Superman is only a new form of an ideal Nietzsche already had in his youth, that "THE OBJECT OF MANKIND SHOULD LIE IN ITS HIGHEST INDIVIDUALS" (or, as he writes in "Schopenhauer as Educator": "Mankind ought constantly to be striving to produce great men--this and nothing else is its duty.
In general the doctrine of the Superman can only be understood correctly in conjunction with other ideas of the author's, such as:--the Order of Rank, the Will to Power, and the Transvaluation of all Values.
In his private notes on the subject the author uses the expression "Superman" (always in the singular, by-the-bye), as signifying "the most thoroughly well-constituted type," as opposed to "modern man"; above all, however, he designates Zarathustra himself as an example of the Superman.
No superman ever said 'I want,' because 'I want' must lead to the question, 'Who am I?
Wilcox was king of this world, the superman, with his own morality, whose head remained in the clouds.
Just say the word,--teetotal, vegetarian, aeronaut, theosophist, superman.
With a snarl he sprang toward me with naked sword, but whether Salensus Oll was a good swordsman or a poor I never learned; for with Dejah Thoris at my back I was no longer human--I was a superman, and no man could have withstood me then.
I admit that he would be worth waiting for, this superman of yours," laughed the captain.
News of Adam's addition to the show surprised a lot of fans, as the character isn't really part of the Superman canon.