Usage Late Roman
Other Forms FormsExsuperus, Exuperus
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Meaning & History
Variant spelling of Exsuperius, which was derived from the Latin verb exsupero "to (greatly) excel, to (greatly) surpass, to (greatly) surmount". The verb itself is ultimately derived from the Latin elements ex "out of, from within" and supero "to surpass, to surmount, to transcend". Note: in this context, ex is not to be taken literally when explaining the verb exsupero - it is meant to enhance or elevate the meaning of the succedent verb (supero), to indicate that it happens on a greater scale than usual. This was the name of several saints, including a Bishop of Toulouse who succeeded Saint Sylvius, and the first Bishop of Bayeux.