Something that's surpassing is exceptional or outstanding — much better or more than usual. A scene of surpassing hilarity in a movie might make you laugh until tears run down your face.

The adjective surpassing is a bit old fashioned, and you're most likely to read it in a novel or poem. Its most common use is in the phrase "surpassing beauty," or exceptional beauty. A poet might reflect on the surpassing beauty of the sunset over the ocean, for example. To surpass is to "go beyond," from the prefix sur-, "beyond," and the Old French verb passer, "to go by."

Definitions of surpassing

adj exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence

of high or superior quality or performance

adj far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

exceeding, exceptional, olympian, prodigious
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

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