Definition - The intensified but non-comparative degree of adverbs and adjectives.

1. As opposed to the superlative and comparative degrees, which both intensify and compare.

Example -

(1) Jane is very beautiful.
(This is elative because it intensifies without comparing.)
(2) Jane is more beautiful than Sally.
(This is comparative because it uses a comparison to intensify.)

Etymology -
The word ultimately derives from the Latin elatus, elevated (from ex, out + ferre, carry).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in this sense is from 1906:
"In the NT[New Testament] the obsolescence of the superlative, except in the elative sense, is most marked."
(J. H. Moulton Gram. N.T. Greek I. v. 78)

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