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OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY

OVERSOUL

 Emerson's name for the Deity regarded philosophically as the supreme spirit which animates the universe; used by later writers in the same or an analogous sense. Also, = SUPERMAN.
 
  1841-4 EMERSON Ess., Over-soul 270-1 That great nature in which we rest as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-soul within which each man's particular being is contained and made one with all other. 1856 R. A. VAUGHAN Mystics (1860) II. 19 With the American [Emerson], every elevated thought merges man for a time in the Oversoul. 1887 H. R. HAWEIS Lt. of Ages I. i. 4 The Divine Spirit, the Great Oversoul has always been in contact with the human spirit. 1908 [see BEYOND adv. and prep. D].

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Superior Being

Also in extended and weakened senses. Similarly Řbermenschlich ({sm}y{lm}b{schwa}rm{ope}n{sh}l{shti}š) a., superior; like a superman, superhuman; ▄bermenschlichkeit ({sm}y{lm}b{schwa}r{smm}m{ope}n{sh}l{shti}ška{shti}t), the quality of a superman, superhumanity.

SYNONYMS OF OVERSOUL

Supreme Spirit
 
Superman
 
Domineering Phantom
 
Greater Essence