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su·pe·ri·or

 (so͝o-pîr′ē-ər)
adj.
1. Higher than another in rank, station, or authority: a superior officer.
2. Of a higher nature or kind.
3. Of great value or excellence; extraordinary.
4. Greater in number or amount than another: an army defeated by superior numbers of enemy troops.
5. Presuming to be or suggesting that one is morally or socially better than others; disdainful or supercilious.
6. Above being affected or influenced; indifferent or immune: "Trust magnates were superior to law" (Gustavus Myers).
7. Located higher than another; upper.
8. Botany Inserted or situated above the perianth. Used of an ovary.
9. Printing Set above the main line of type.
10. Logic Of wider or more comprehensive application; generic. Used of a term or proposition.
n.
1. One that surpasses another in rank or quality.
2. Ecclesiastical The head of a religious community, such as a monastery, abbey, or convent.
3. Printing A superior character, as the number 2 in x2.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, comparative of superus, upper, from super, over; see uper in Indo-European roots.]

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

su•pe•ri•or•i•ty

(səˌpɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-, sʊ-)

n.
the quality or condition of being superior.
[1520–30; < Medieval Latin superiōritās]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.superiority - the quality of being superior
caliber, calibre, quality - a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"
choiceness, fineness - the quality of being very good indeed; "the inn is distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine"
first class - the highest rank in a classification
first water - the highest quality gems
ingeniousness, ingenuity, cleverness - the property of being ingenious; "a plot of great ingenuity"; "the cleverness of its design"
low quality, inferiority - an inferior quality
2.superiority - the quality of being at a competitive advantage
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
edge - a slight competitive advantage; "he had an edge on the competition"
inside track - a favorable position in a competition; "the boss's son had the inside track for that job"
upper hand, whip hand - position of advantage and control
3.superiority - displaying a sense of being better than others; "he hated the white man's superiority and condescension"
arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
4.superiority - the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limitssuperiority - the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
supremacy, domination, mastery - power to dominate or defeat; "mastery of the seas"

superiority

noun supremacy, lead, advantage, excellence, prevalence, ascendancy, pre-eminence, preponderance, predominance Our army has air superiority.
Quotations
"Superiority is always detested" [Baltasar Gracián The Art of Worldly Wisdom]

superiority

noun
1. The quality of being exceptionally good of its kind:
2. A dominating position, as in a conflict:
Informal: inside track, jump.
Translations
nadřazenost
overlegenhedovermagt
felsõbb ség
yfirburîir; yfirlæti
nadradenosť
premoč

superiority

[sʊˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ] N
1. (in quality, amount) → superioridad f
2. (= smugness) → superioridad f, altanería f

superiority

[suːˌpɪəriˈɒrəti] nsupériorité fsuperiority complex ncomplexe m de supériorité

superiority

n
(of cloth etc)bessere Qualität; (of technique, ability etc)Überlegenheit f; its superiority as a holiday resortseine bessere Klasse als Ferienort
(= excellence)Großartigkeit f; (of intellect)überragende Eigenschaft
(in rank) → höhere Stellung, höherer Rang
(in numbers etc) → Überlegenheit f
(= conceitedness)Überheblichkeit f; (of tone, smile)Überlegenheit f; superiority complexSuperioritätskomplex m

superiority

[sʊˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ] nsuperiorità

superior

(suˈpiəriə) adjective
1. (often with to) higher in rank, better, or greater, than. Is a captain superior to a commander in the navy?; With his superior strength he managed to overwhelm his opponent.
2. high, or above the average, in quality. superior workmanship.
3. (of a person or his attitude) contemptuous or disdainful. a superior smile.
noun
a person who is better than, or higher in rank than, another or others. The servant was dismissed for being rude to her superiors.
suˌperiˈority (-ˈo-) noun
References in classic literature ?
If (which Heaven forbid) the middle classes ranged under the banner of the opposition should succeed in overthrowing those social superiorities which are so repugnant to their vanity, another struggle would follow hard upon their victory.
Our long agony of forty years should have made it clear to any man who has brains that social superiorities are a natural outcome of the order of things.