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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.


  1. superiority

    Superiority refers to the state or condition of being superior, higher, better or more important than others in terms of rank, status, quality, power, or ability. It can also refer to a notable advantage or dominance over others. It's often used in the context of comparison, where one person, group, or thing is deemed to excel or surpass others.

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. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    The West clearly has lost self-control in venting anger against Russia and has destroyed its own rules and institutions, including respect for private property, it’s necessary to put an end to the arrogant Western philosophy of self-superiority, exclusivity and total permissiveness.

  2. Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906):

    The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

  3. Lao Tzu:

    Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status in the eyes of others And shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he is automatically involved in fear of losing his status.

  4. 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.

  5. David Hume:

    Among well bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.

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