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in·fe·ri·or

 (ĭn-fîr′ē-ər)
adj.
1. Low or lower in order, degree, or rank: Captain is an inferior rank to major.
2.
a. Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation: inferior craft; felt inferior to his older sibling.
b. Second-rate; poor: an inferior translation.
3. Situated under or beneath.
4. Botany Located below the perianth and other floral parts. Used of an ovary.
5. Anatomy Located beneath or directed downward.
6. Printing Set below the normal line of type; subscript.
7. Astronomy
a. Orbiting between Earth and the sun: Mercury is an inferior planet.
b. Lying below the horizon.
n.
1. A person lower in rank, status, or accomplishment than another.
2. Printing An inferior character, such as the number 2 in CO2.

[Middle English, from Latin īnferior, comparative of īnferus, low; see n̥dher- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fe′ri·or′i·ty (-ôr′ĭ-tē, -ŏr′-) n.
in·fe′ri·or·ly adv.

inferior

(ɪnˈfɪərɪə)
adj
1. lower in value or quality
2. lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
3. not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
4. lower in position; situated beneath
5. (Botany) (of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
6. (Astronomy) astronomy
a. orbiting or occurring between the sun and the earth: an inferior planet; inferior conjunction.
b. lying below the horizon
7. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
n
8. an inferior person
9. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing an inferior character
[C15: from Latin: lower, from inferus low]
inferiority n
inˈferiorly adv

in•fe•ri•or

(ɪnˈfɪər i ər)

adj.
1. low or lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often fol. by to).
2. low or lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base.
3. of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard.
4. Bot.
a. situated below some other organ.
b. (of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
c. (of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
5. Anat. (of an organ or part)
a. lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
b. being toward the feet.
Compare superior (def. 9).
6. Astron.
a. (of a planet) having an orbit within that of the earth, as Mercury and Venus.
b. (of a conjunction of an inferior planet) taking place between the sun and the earth.
7. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H2O; subscript. Compare superior (def. 11).
n.
8. a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, derivative of infer(us) lower]
in•fe•ri•or•i•ty (ɪnˌfɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-) n.
in•fe′ri•or•ly, adv.

inferior

If one thing is inferior to another, it is of poorer quality than the other thing.

His photographs were inferior to those taken by Ernie.
Tolstoy's thinking was vastly inferior to his fiction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inferior - one of lesser rank or station or quality
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
higher-up, superior, superordinate - one of greater rank or station or quality
2.inferior - a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
Adj.1.inferior - of or characteristic of low rank or importance
subordinate, low-level - lower in rank or importance
low - literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension; "low ceilings"; "low clouds"; "low hills"; "the sun is low"; "low furniture"; "a low bow"
low - less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "low prices"; "the reservoir is low"
superior - of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior ruler"
2.inferior - of low or inferior quality
worst - (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition; "the worst player on the team"; "the worst weather of the year"
superior - of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"
3.inferior - written or printed below and to one side of another character
printing process, printing - reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
4.inferior - having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
superior - having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
5.inferior - lower than a given reference point; "inferior alveolar artery"
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
bottom - situated at the bottom or lowest position; "the bottom drawer"
6.inferior - falling short of some prescribed norm; "substandard housing"
nonstandard - varying from or not adhering to a standard; "nonstandard windows"; "envelopes of nonstandard sizes"; "nonstandard lengths of board"

inferior

adjective
1. lower, junior, minor, secondary, subsidiary, lesser, humble, subordinate, lowly, less important, menial the inferior status of women in many societies
lower higher, senior, superior, greater, top
2. substandard, bad, poor, mean, worse, poorer, pants (informal), flawed, rotten, dire, indifferent, duff (Brit. informal), mediocre, second-class, deficient, imperfect, second-rate, shoddy, low-grade, unsound, downmarket, low-rent (informal, chiefly U.S.), for the birds (informal), wretched, two-bit (U.S. & Canad. slang), crappy (slang), no great shakes (informal), poxy (slang), dime-a-dozen (informal), piss-poor (slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang), bush-league (Austral. & N.Z. informal), not much cop (Brit. slang), tinhorn (U.S. slang), half-pie (N.Z. informal), of a sort or of sorts, strictly for the birds (informal) The cassettes were of inferior quality.
substandard fine, excellent, first-class
noun
1. underling, junior, subordinate, lesser, menial, minion It was a gentleman's duty to be civil, even to his inferiors.
Quotations
"No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent" [Eleanor Roosevelt]

inferior

adjective
1. Below another in standing or importance:
Informal: smalltime.
noun
One belonging to a lower class or rank:
Translations
أَدْنَىدون، أدْنىرَديء، أدنى درجَةًسُفْليّ
podřízenýhoršípodřadnějšípodřadný
underordnetdårligereringe
alempiarvoinen henkilöhuonompi
podređenislabiji
rosszabb minőségű
lægra setturlægri; lélegur; lélegri
劣った目下の者
손아랫사람열등한
blogesnė kokybėblogesnisnepilnavertiškumasžemesnė padėtisžemesnis
mazvērtīgākssliktāks
podradnejší
manjvredenpodrejen
underlägsenunderordnad
ด้อยกว่าผู้ด้อยกว่า
aşağıastnitelikçe/değerce daha düşükalt
thua kémthuộc cấp

inferior

[ɪnˈfɪərɪəʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (in quality, rank) [person, status, position] → inferior; [product, work, service] → de calidad inferior
to feel inferiorsentirse inferior
of inferior qualityde calidad inferior
to be inferior to sth/sbser inferior a algo/algn
2. (Anat, Bot) (= lower) → inferior
B. N
1. (= inferior person) → inferior mf
2. (= person lower in rank) → inferior mf, subalterno/a m/f

inferior

[ɪnˈfɪəriər]
adj
[person, quality, status] → inférieur(e)
to feel inferior → se sentir inférieur(e)
to make sb feel inferior → donner à qn un sentiment d'infériorité
to feel inferior to sb → se sentir inférieur(e) à qn
to be inferior to → être inférieur(e) à
n
(= person of lesser worth) → inférieur(e) m/f
to consider sb an inferior → considérer qn comme inférieur(e)
(in rank)subalterne mf

inferior

adj
(in quality) → minderwertig; personunterlegen; (in rank) → untergeordnet, niedriger; qualitygeringer, minderwertig; (Jur) courtuntergeordnet; an inferior workmanein weniger guter Handwerker; to be inferior to something (in quality) → von minderer or geringerer Qualität sein als etw, gegen etw abfallen or nicht ankommen; to be inferior to somebodyjdm unterlegen sein; (in rank) → jdm untergeordnet or nachgestellt sein; he feels inferiorer kommt sich (dat)unterlegen or minderwertig vor
(Typ) inferior lettertiefstehender Buchstabe
(Biol) order, speciesniedriger
n one’s inferiors (in social standing) → Leute or Personen plaus einer niedrigeren Schicht; (in rank) → seine Untergebenen pl

inferior

[ɪnˈfɪərɪəʳ]
1. adj (in quality, rank) inferior (to)inferiore (a); (work, goods) → scadente
to feel inferior → sentirsi inferiore
2. ninferiore m/f; (in rank) → subalterno/a

inferior

(inˈfiəriə) adjective
(sometimes with to).
1. of poor, or poorer, quality etc. This carpet is inferior to that.
2. lower in rank. Is a colonel inferior to a brigadier?
inˌferiˈority (-ˈo-) noun

inferior

أَدْنَى, سُفْليّ podřadný, podřízený ringe, underordnet Untergebener, untergeordnet υποδεέστερος, υφιστάμενος inferior alempiarvoinen henkilö, huonompi inférieur, subordonné podređeni, slabiji inferiore 劣った, 目下の者 손아랫사람, 열등한 inferieur, ondergeschikte underlegen, underordnet niższy, podwładny inferior низший underlägsen, underordnad ด้อยกว่า, ผู้ด้อยกว่า aşağı, ast thua kém, thuộc cấp 下等的, 下级

in·fer·i·or

a. inferior.

inferior

adj (anat) inferior
References in classic literature ?
An order very similar to that adopted in the preceding interview was observed; the aged and superior chiefs occupying the area of the spacious apartment, within the powerful light of a glaring torch, while their juniors and inferiors were arranged in the background, presenting a dark outline of swarthy and marked visages.
He was generous to his friends and equals, but proud, dominant, overbearing, to inferiors, and utterly unmerciful to whatever set itself up against him.
Even down to my birth-century that poison was still in the blood of Christendom, and the best of English com- moners was still content to see his inferiors impudently continuing to hold a number of positions, such as lord- ships and the throne, to which the grotesque laws of his country did not allow him to aspire; in fact, he was not merely contented with this strange condition of things, he was even able to persuade himself that he was proud of it.
Hiring a mistress is the next worse thing to buying a slave: both are often by nature, and always by position, inferior: and to live familiarly with inferiors is degrading.
But she made one serious mistake which very clever people in their intercourse with their intellectual inferiors are almost universally apt to commit -- she trusted implicitly to the folly of a fool.
Gertrude accompanied her because she too liked toffee, and because she plumed herself on her condescension to her inferiors.
But when some confessed they owed their greatness and wealth to sodomy, or incest; others, to the prostituting of their own wives and daughters; others, to the betraying of their country or their prince; some, to poisoning; more to the perverting of justice, in order to destroy the innocent, I hope I may be pardoned, if these discoveries inclined me a little to abate of that profound veneration, which I am naturally apt to pay to persons of high rank, who ought to be treated with the utmost respect due to their sublime dignity, by us their inferiors.
This sin, so far as it has lain in my power, I have endeavoured to avoid ever since I have enjoyed the faculty of reason; and if I am unable to requite good deeds that have been done me by other deeds, I substitute the desire to do so; and if that be not enough I make them known publicly; for he who declares and makes known the good deeds done to him would repay them by others if it were in his power, and for the most part those who receive are the inferiors of those who give.
I looked down upon those whom I considered my social inferiors.
It might have been said that between this man and his inferiors spoken language did not exist, or had become useless.
Since I have had the honor of being my lord's steward I have taken the last name as more dignified and calculated to make my inferiors respect me.
They have marred themselves by imitation of their inferiors.