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  • adv. In a surpassing manner; exceptionally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a surpassing manner; extremely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a surpassing degree


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  • No matter how serious the conservative crisis is, liberals remain surpassingly effective at making themselves unelectable.

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  • Gopnik greatly admires Lincoln, whom he describes as surpassingly pragmatic and shrewd.

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  • In the light of American history, this passivity was surpassingly odd.

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  • If, as Featherstone insists, this surpassingly irrelevant form of discrimination still sends out a "potent message to people in this country and beyond" that is more unfortunate than, say, Kate waiting to be proposed to for 10 years, any reform is likely be drowned out, as soon as Charles can do more than scrawl numberless letters, by a much louder broadcast about the exercise of unaccountable power in our recently modernised kingdom.

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  • And yet with action films, the moral and political ideas in play are surpassingly easy to spot.

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  • Tickets for Danny Boyle's compelling, justifiably acclaimed production of Frankenstein, which boasts yet more teen favourites in the shape of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, are not just surpassingly rare when they are not being touted at more than four times their face value, but officially discouraged for younger enthusiasts, this Frankenstein being described as "suitable only for 15+".

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  • In the Sondheim medley she invariably dispenses and features Leonard Bernstein's "Gee, Officer Krupke," she sang "Did a Parade Pass By?" and the surpassingly strong "With So Little to Be Sure Of."

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  • As a failed Harry Potter scholar, I must have missed, in my Muggling way, countless intricacies of the surpassingly convoluted plots.

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  • Isn't it our appreciation of something like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the cultural codedness of which is by now surpassingly obvious, and was probably apparent enough even at the time, strengthened when we realize it is also -- indeed, mostly -- about such things as "the primal fear of sleep," etc.?

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  • The brutes have been combined into one bipolar monster that a surpassingly subtle actor, Christoph Waltz the Nazi colonel of "Inglourious Basterds", has been directed to play coarsely.

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