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Comparative vs. Superlative

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Comparativeadjective

Of or relating to comparison.

Superlativenoun

The highest extent or degree of something.

Comparativeadjective

Using comparison as a method of study, or founded on something using it.

‘comparative anatomy’;

Superlativenoun

(grammar) The form of an adjective that expresses which of several items has the highest degree of the quality expressed by the adjective; in English, formed by appending "-est" to the end of the adjective (for some short adjectives only) or putting "most" before it.

‘The superlative of "big" is "biggest".’;

Comparativeadjective

Approximated by comparison; relative.

Superlativenoun

(informal) An adjective used to praise something exceptional.

‘Daniel is amazing, wonderful, fantastic, and many other superlatives I can’t think of right now!’;

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Comparativeadjective

(obsolete) Comparable; bearing comparison.

Superlativeadjective

Exceptionally good; of the highest quality; superb.

Comparativenoun

(grammar) A construction showing a relative quality, in English usually formed by adding more or appending -er. For example, the comparative of green is greener; of evil, more evil.

Superlativeadjective

(grammar) Of or relating to a superlative.

Comparativenoun

(grammar) A word in the comparative form.

Superlativeadjective

Lifted up to the highest degree; most eminent; surpassing all other; supreme; as, superlative wisdom or prudence; a woman of superlative beauty; the superlative glory of the divine character.

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Comparativenoun

Data used to make a comparison.

Superlativeadjective

Expressing the highest or lowest degree of the quality, manner, etc., denoted by an adjective or an adverb. The superlative degree is formed from the positive by the use of -est, most, or least; as, highest, most pleasant, least bright.

Comparativenoun

(obsolete) An equal; a rival; a compeer.

Superlativenoun

That which is highest or most eminent; the utmost degree.

Comparativenoun

(obsolete) One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit.

Superlativenoun

The superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, a form or word by which the superlative degree is expressed; as, strongest, wisest, most stormy, least windy, are all superlatives.

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Comparativeadjective

Of or pertaining to comparison.

Superlativenoun

an exaggerated expression (usually of praise);

‘the critics lavished superlatives on it’;

Comparativeadjective

Proceeding from, or by the method of, comparison; as, the comparative sciences; the comparative anatomy.

Superlativenoun

the highest level or degree attainable;

‘his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty’; ‘the artist's gifts are at their acme’; ‘at the height of her career’; ‘the peak of perfection’; ‘summer was at its peak’; ‘...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame’; ‘the summit of his ambition’; ‘so many highest superlatives achieved by man’; ‘at the top of his profession’;

Comparativeadjective

Estimated by comparison; relative; not positive or absolute, as compared with another thing or state.

‘The recurrence of comparative warmth and cold.’; ‘The bubble, by reason of its comparative levity to the fluid that incloses it, would necessarily ascend to the top.’;

Superlativenoun

the superlative form of an adjective;

‘`best' is the superlative form of `good'’;

Comparativeadjective

Expressing a degree greater or less than the positive degree of the quality denoted by an adjective or adverb. The comparative degree is formed from the positive by the use of -er, more, or less; as, brighter, more bright, or less bright.

Superlativeadjective

highest in quality

Comparativenoun

The comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, the form by which the comparative degree is expressed; as, stronger, wiser, weaker, more stormy, less windy, are all comparatives.

‘In comparatives is expressed a relation of two; as in superlatives there is a relation of many.’;

Comparativenoun

An equal; a rival; a compeer.

‘Gerard ever wasHis full comparative.’;

Comparativenoun

One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit.

Comparativenoun

the comparative form of an adjective;

‘`better' is the comparative of `good'’;

Comparativeadjective

relating to or based on or involving comparison;

‘comparative linguistics’;

Comparativeadjective

having significance only in relation to something else;

‘a comparative newcomer’;

Comparativeadjective

measured or judged by estimating the similarity or dissimilarity between one thing and another; relative

‘he returned to the comparative comfort of his own home’;

Comparativeadjective

involving the systematic observation of the similarities or dissimilarities between two or more branches of science or subjects of study

‘comparative religion’;

Comparativeadjective

(of an adjective or adverb) expressing a higher degree of a quality, but not the highest possible (e.g. braver; more fiercely).

Comparativeadjective

(of a clause) involving comparison (e.g. he's not as good as he was).

Comparativenoun

a comparative adjective or adverb.

Comparativenoun

the middle degree of comparison.

Comparative

In general linguistics, the comparative is a syntactic construction that serves to express a comparison between two (or more) entities or groups of entities in quality or degree - see also comparison (grammar) for an overview of comparison, as well as positive and superlative degrees of comparison. The syntax of comparative constructions is poorly understood due to the complexity of the data.

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