superman

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Superman! As you might be able to guess from this comic book hero's name, a superman is a person with great strength or power beyond that of ordinary humans.

The term superman was originally a translation of the German √úbermensch, literally "overman." This first superman was a philosophical concept, an ideal human for ordinary people to aspire to. Through the 1920s and 30s, it was common to describe a great athlete or brilliant politician as a superman. In 1938, the crime-fighting, cape-wearing Superman first appeared in comic book form. Superman is credited with being the original superhero.

Primary Meanings of superman

1.
n
a person with great powers and abilities
2.
n
street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
Full Definitions of superman
1

n a person with great powers and abilities

Synonyms:
Ubermensch, demigod
Type of:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others
2

n street name for lysergic acid diethylamide

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