Dictionary: SUP'PU-RATE – SU-PREME

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SUP'PU-RATE, v.i. [L. suppuro; sub and pus, puris; Fr. suppurer; It. suppurare.]

To generate pus; as, a boil or abscess suppurates.


To cause to suppurate. – Arbuthnot. [In this sense unusual.]


Generating pus.

SUP-PU-RA'TION, n. [Fr. from L. suppuratio.]

  1. The process of producing purulent matter, or of forming pus, as in a wound or abscess; one of the natural terminations of phlegmonous inflammation. – Cyc. Cooper. Wiseman.
  2. The matter produced by suppuration.

SUP'PU-RA-TIVE, a. [Fr. suppuratif.]

Tending to suppurate; promoting suppuration.


A medicine that promotes suppuration.

SUP-PU-TA'TION, n. [L. supputatio, supputo; sub and puto, to think.]

Reckoning; account; computation. – Holder.

SUP-PUTE, v.t. [L. supputo, supra.]

To reckon; to compute. [Not in use.]

SU'PRA, prep.

A Latin preposition, signifying above, over, or beyond.

SU-PRA-AX'IL-LA-RY, a. [supra and axil.]

In botany, growing above the axil; inserted above the axil; as a peduncle. [See Suprafoliaceous.] – Lee.

SU-PRA-CIL'IA-RY, a. [L. supra and cilium, eyebrow.]

Situated above the eyebrow. – Ure.

SU-PRA-CRE-TA'CEOUS, or SU-PER-CRE-TA'CEOUS, a. [L. supra or super, and creta.]

In geology, applied to rocks which lie above the chalk.

SU-PRA-DE-COM'POUND, a. [supra and decompound.]

More than decompound; thrice compound. A supra-decompound leaf, is when a petiole divided several times, connects many leaflets; each part forming a decompound leaf. – Martyn.

SU-PRA-FO-LI-A'CEOUS, a. [L. supra and folium, a leaf.]

In botany, inserted into the stem above the leaf or petiole, or axil, as a peduncle or flower. – Martyn.

SU-PRA-LAP-SA'RI-AN, or SU-PRA-LAP'SA-RY, a. [L. supra and lapsus, full.]

Antecedent to the apostasy of Adam.


One who maintains that God, antecedent to the full of man or any knowledge of it, decreed the apostasy and all its consequences, determining to save some and condemn others, and that in all he does he considers his own glory only. – Encyc.

SU-PRA-MUN'DANE, a. [L. supra and mundus, the world.]

Being or situated above the world or above our system.


The state of being supernatural, or the doctrine that maintains supernatural events. – Murdock.


In Germany, a name given to a person who differs from a rationalist, in not denying all supernatural manifestation in religion.

SU-PRA-ORB'IT-AL, a. [supra and orbit.]

Being above the orbit of the eye.

SU-PRA-RE'NAL, a. [L. supra and ren, renes, the kidneys.]

Situated above the kidneys.

SU-PRA-SCAP'U-LA-RY, a. [L. supra and scapula.]

Being above the scapula.

SU-PRA-VUL'GAR, a. [supra and vulgar.]

Being above the vulgar or common people. – Collier.

SU-PREM'A-CY, n. [See Supreme.]

State of being supreme or in the highest station of power; highest authority or power; as, the supremacy of the King of Great Britain; or the supremacy of parliament. The usurped power of the pope being destroyed, the crown was restored to its supremacy over spiritual men and causes. – Blackstone. Oath of supremacy, in Great Britain, an oath which acknowledges the supremacy of the king in spiritual affairs, and renounces or abjures the pretended supremacy of the pope.

SU-PREME, a. [L. supremus, from supra; Fr. suprême.]

  1. Highest in authority; holding the highest place in government or power. In the United States, the congress is supreme in regulating commerce and in making war and peace. The parliament of Great Britain is supreme in legislation; but the king is supreme in the administration of the government. In the universe, God only is the supreme ruler and judge. His commands are supreme, and binding on all his creatures.
  2. Highest, greatest or most excellent; as, supreme love; supreme glory; supreme degree.
  3. It is sometimes used in a bad sense; as, supreme folly or baseness, folly or baseness carried to the utmost extent. [A bad use of the word.]