What does superiority mean?

Definitions for superiority
səˌpɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-, sʊ-su·pe·ri·or·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. superiority, high qualitynoun

    the quality of being superior

  2. superiority, favorable position, favourable positionnoun

    the quality of being at a competitive advantage

  3. superioritynoun

    displaying a sense of being better than others

    "he hated the white man's superiority and condescension"

  4. transcendence, transcendency, superioritynoun

    the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits


  1. superioritynoun

    the state of being superior

    Many colleges want to achieve football superiority.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Superioritynoun

    Pre-eminence; the quality of being greater or higher than another in any respect.

    Etymology: from superiour.

    Bellarmine makes the formal act of adoration to be subjection to a superiour; but he makes the mere apprehension of excellency to include the formal reason of it; whereas mere excellency without superiority doth not require any subjection but only estimation. Edward Stillingfleet.

    The person who advises, does in that particular exercise a superiority over us, thinking us defective in our conduct or understanding. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superioritynoun

    the quality, state, or condition of being superior; as, superiority of rank; superiority in merit


  1. Superiority

    "Superiority" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1951. It depicts an arms race, and shows how the side which is more technologically advanced can be defeated, despite its apparent superiority, because of its own organizational flaws and its willingness to discard old technology without having fully perfected the new. The story was at one point required reading for an industrial design course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Editors Contribution

  1. superiority

    an imperative command taken to be true

    "You SHOULD feel "abc" instead of "xyz!"

    Submitted by anonymous on May 7, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superiority in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superiority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of superiority in a Sentence

  1. Peter Wijninga:

    To be able to employ The F-16 effectively, Ukraine would have to achieve some degree of air superiority, this means Ukraine would have to destroy Russian S-400 air defense systems first and foremost, and preferably S-300 too.

  2. Carl Schuster:

    Submarines are one area where the United States retains unchallenged superiority over China, they are the one stealth platform with the striking power and survivability to counter the PLA Navy’s surface and subsurface forces.

  3. Thietmar of Merseburg:

    Though [Theophanu] was of the weak sex she possessed moderation, trustworthiness, and good manners. In this way she protected with male vigilance the royal power for her son, friendly with all those who were honest, but with terrifying superiority against rebels.

  4. John Nagle:

    Europe had millennia of cultural superiority which we couldn't compete with, but we could with nature.

  5. Benjamin Disraeli:

    The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance.

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