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  1. present participle and gerund of surpass


surpassing (comparative more surpassing, superlative most surpassing)

  1. Becoming superior to others; becoming excellent; exceptional; exceeding.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “The Past”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 87:
      "Yet once again," exclaimed he, passionately, "let me gaze on that beautiful and beloved face! let me see if sorrow has cast a shadow on its surpassing loveliness! I will not let her know how near I am, and how wretched! No, in secret and in silence will I look upon her once more; and then, farewell for ever!"



surpassing (plural surpassings)

  1. The act or process by which something is surpassed; a bettering.
    • 2001, William Desmond, Ethics and the Between, page 347:
      In both of these surpassings, the human being, in being freed, is freed both to be itself and to be beyond itself; but the second orients us more fully towards being free beyond self-determination.