superiority complex


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superiority complex

n.
1. An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others.
2. A psychological defense mechanism in which feelings of superiority counter or conceal feelings of inferiority.

superiority complex

n
informal an inflated estimate of one's own merit, usually manifested in arrogance

superior′ity com`plex


n.
an exaggerated feeling of one's own superiority.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.superiority complex - an exaggerated estimate of your own value and importance
egotism, swelled head, self-importance - an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
Translations

superiority complex

n (fam) → complesso di superiorità

su·pe·ri·or·i·ty com·plex

n. complejo de superioridad.
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The winger, 23, joined the Hornets on loan from the runaway leaders in La Liga last week - but has no superiority complex about exchanging the 99,000-capacity Nou Camp for humble Vicarage Road.
Most of the anti-Pakistan government officials of Afghanistan have lived here as refugees and they can never respect the sovereignty and reality of Pakistan due to the superiority complex embedded in the historic national narrative of Afghans,' he said.
He said that most of the anti-Pakistan government officials of Afghanistan have lived here as refugees and they can never respect the sovereignty and reality of Pakistan due to the superiority complex embedded in the historic national narrative of Afghans.
This balancing act, ever precarious, gave way by the late 1930s to what David-Fox dubs the "Stalinist superiority complex," an all-pervasive ideological gloss that elevated Soviet achievements to positions of unquestioned global primacy (285).
But, in his book, a truly misguided case of misadventure, Bettison, himself, appears happy to adopt the role of judge and jury - as if, heaven forbid, he was suffering from some kind of superiority complex.
Either we face extreme superiority complex or extreme inferiority complex.
Initially, I was kind of fearful of LA, and in that strange youthful arrogance, the fear turns into a superiority complex," admits Crowe, grinning beneath knowing blue eyes as he recalls his arrival in LA back in 1992.
A snobbery surrounds senior football and it's supposed elite status but having two non-league sides in the last 16 of the Cup should shatter any superiority complex.
These queue jumpers feel they are more important, they have some sort of superiority complex.
This superiority complex has been reinforced by Ronald Koeman's team hitting their stride in the Premier League, while Bournemouth have struggled.
In reply to a question, she said this has been proved that India, owing to its hegemonistic ambitions, superiority complex and also because of support of certain powers, is simply not interested in having good relations with Pakistan.
Such attitudes mainly stem from ignorance and superiority complex.