Absolute superlative


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a superlative in an absolute rather than in a comparative or exclusive sense. See Elative.

See also: Superlative

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For example, in translating Allahu Akbar, Ransford wrote: "Allah is great." The Arabic word akbar means the absolute superlative, excluding the possibility of being great among other great beings, but rather greater than all beings--the greatest.