The supreme commander is in charge of all the other commanders. What is the "X" commander the commander of that you need a word to describe?MacArthur was Supreme Commander for the allied powers in the Pacific.
Supreme definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
Interesting question. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.Let's suppose the lowest one in hierarchy. But I want to focus more on the "construction" and "structure" of English words, not so much on the sample sentences and the context.
Something like this:
Super + -ior comparative suffix = Superior
Infer + -ior comparative suffix = Inferior
Super + eme = Supreme
Infer + eme = ???
I did a quick Google and Ngram search on "infimous". Almost every hit returned is related to "infamous" - either it's:According to the OED, the adjective was infimous. The word is, however, completely archaic.
Etymology: < Latin infimus (superlative of inferus) lowest + -ous suffix.
Very low or base; basest.
1663 A. Wood Life & Times (1891) I. 476 A yong heire, who valuing not his father's labours, because of his ignorance, put most of his papers..to infimous uses.
Forms: Also ME enfamouse, (ME infamis, infames).
Etymology: Corresponds to rare Old French infameux, medieval Latin infāmōsus = Latin infāmis
Of ill fame or repute; famed or notorious for badness of any kind; notoriously evil, wicked, or vile; held in infamy or public disgrace.
1736 tr. C. Rollin Anc. Hist. IX. 7 Perseus was utterly infamous for his crimes.
Yes, infimous is correctly derived from the Latin superlative corresponding to the comparative inferior. But no one will understand you if you use it. In English (but not in the original Latin), it's a hole in the system.If it helps, the OED has infimous and infamous as quite separate words:
Those are all good examples, but all they show is that some people in the past might have used supreme in that way, just as people today might. It doesn't necessarily change the definition. Most dictionaries call "supreme" a superlative, although to be fair, some also say that it means "very great" (or similar).A little googling found me these examples. I didn't say we use these forms nowadays, but they have been used in the past, and not only in poetry, and to my mind they show that the English word "supreme" is not a superlative in the way that "best" is.