Power Prefix #8: super- 10 words

Learn these words beginning with the power prefix "super-" (meaning "above," "over," or "beyond").
More Power Prefix lists:
anti-, con-, fore-, inter-, mis-, pre-, sub-, trans-, and uni-!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
  1. supercilious
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    He treated me with supercilious condescension, varied occasionally with overbearing tyranny.
    Morris, Clara
  2. supererogatory
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    Those arguments are not necessary, they are all supererogatory, like idle words.
    Brady, Cyrus Townsend
  3. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    The ornament was in the clothes, making jewelry superfluous.
    Seattle Times (Sep 21, 2012)
  4. superimpose
    place on top of
    Google Glasses can superimpose a map on your everyday surroundings. 
    Forbes (Jul 3, 2012)
  5. superintendent
    a person who directs and manages an organization
    The superintendent of financial services in New York State is a newly created role which Lawsky has taken to with aplomb.
    The Guardian (Aug 7, 2012)
  6. superiority
    the quality of being at a competitive advantage
    "Elite athletes live in a world dedicated to proving one's superiority," Hoffman says.
    Golf Digest (Oct 23, 2012)
  7. superlative
    an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)
    Bear with me; there’s a good chance I’ll run out of superlatives to describe Apple’s tremendous, astonishing, stupendous, unbelievable emerging position in the tablet market.
    Slate (Mar 8, 2012)
  8. supernumerary
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    In reality, the supernumerary wives bought by a polygamist are simply slaves.
    Forel, Auguste
  9. supersede
    take the place or move into the position of
    In athletics, there are physical limits that no amount of positive thinking will supersede.
    Scientific American (Oct 16, 2012)
  10. supervise
    watch and direct
    So now, humans get to supervise robots instead of doing mundane tasks, people working alongside robots.
    Forbes (Sep 18, 2012)