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inferiority complex

noun

Simple Definition of inferiority complex

  • : a belief that you are less worthy or important than other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inferiority complex

  1. 1 :  an acute sense of personal inferiority often resulting either in timidity or through overcompensation in exaggerated aggressiveness

  2. 2 :  a collective sense of cultural, regional, or national inferiority

Examples of inferiority complex in a sentence

  1. His shyness is the result of an inferiority complex.



1922

First Known Use of inferiority complex

1922


Medical Dictionary

inferiority complex

noun

Medical Definition of inferiority complex

  1. :  an acute sense of personal inferiority resulting either in timidity or through overcompensation in exaggerated aggressiveness




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