Power Prefix: super-

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  1. supercilious
    having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness
    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
    Her response was that I should tell my mom, tell the principal, tell the superintendent, but tell someone.The Freedom Writers Diary
  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
    To secure a loan, she removed a supernumerary third kitchen, and built a greenhouse and studio connecting two separate sleeping zones.New York Times (Jul 17, 2013)
  9. supersede
    take the place or move into the position of
    The fax machine is a symbol of obsolete technology long superseded by computer networks — but faxing is actually growing in popularity.Washington Post (Mar 8, 2019)
  10. supervise
    watch and direct
    She is a professor in the psychology department, where she supervises students who are getting master’s degrees.Silent To The Bone
Created on October 1, 2012 (updated August 20, 2019)

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