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Definition of the noun Absolute Superlative
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- In Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan; the form of an adjective formed by adding the suffixes -issimo, -isimo, -íssimo, -érrimo, -imo, or -íssim to the adjective (with any final vowel dropped) to express a superlative that cannot be exceeded, having the sense “as ... as possible”.
- In Greek: one of the degrees of comparison in an adjective which stresses an exceptional property without making a direct comparison, its closest equivalent in English being a most important letter, a very high mountain or absolutely pure water. It is formed by adding the suffix -τατος (declined) to the adjective’s nominative, neuter singular.
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by Giacomo Leopardi, Michael Caesar, Franco D'Intino
The absolute superlative is a part of Leopardi's armory of affirmation, a kind of inflation that wants to populate the sentence without losing any specificity of meaning, but its English equivalents tend, alas, to weaken rather than strengthen that ...
Dictionary of Linguistics (1954)
by Mario Pei, Frank Gaynor
absolute superlative: A superlative used to denote a high degree of ...
Grammar, Syntax and Style for the 21st Century by Ned Halley
absolute superlative Figure of speech. It is the use of a superlative to accord high praise ...
by Louisa Pansegrouw
tyrant absolute sovereign autocrat absolute sovereignty autarchy, autocracy, autonomy absolute superlative elative absolution acquittal, amnesty, avenging, clearance, condonation, discharge, dismissing, disregarding, exculpating, excuse, ...
by Hadumod Bussmann
absolute superlative => degree absolutive Morphological case in ergative languages for indicating the subject of intransitive verbs and the object of transitive verbs. The absolutive can be considered the primary ...
The Encyclopedia Americana (1905)
A universal reference library comprising the arts and sciences ... commerce, etc., of the world by George Edwin Rines, Frederick Converse Beach
positive mas, more, for the comparative, and the same with the definitive article for the superlative ; though, unlike the kindred idioms of Italian and French, there is an absolute superlative in Spanish formed by affixing isimo to the positive.
The popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1885)
by Popular encyclopedia
the jwsitive max, more, for the comparative, and the same with the definitive article for the superlative; though, unlike the kindred idioms of Italian and French, there is an absolute superlative in Spanish formed by affixing isimn to the positive .
by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana
But the Spanish has over the kindred idioms of Italy and France the advantage of having retained from the Latin an absolute superlative, which is formed by the addition of the ending isimo. In the verb, the subjunctive has 2 more simple and 2 ...
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Absolute superlative Meaning
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