Are there any examples in classical texts where the word 'valde' is used before a superlative? For example 'valde stultissimus' to mean very, very stupid.

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Georges’s Dictionary has references for valde optimus and valde summus from Pliny and Valerius.



No, valde can at most take a comparative adjective, not a superlative. However, "vel" can be used in your case. "vel" + a superlative is common in Latin literature, for example in Cicero's Pro Roscio Amerino:

vel potentissimus ... L. Cornelius Chrysogonus


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