plural Napoleon complexes
Definition of Napoleon complex
: a domineering or aggressive attitude perceived as a form of overcompensation for being physically small or short —not used technically … short-fused assistant principals with Napoleon complexes.— Robert Wilder Call it a Napoleon complex or call it confidence, but the tiniest of dogs are usually the ones who take no crap.— Heather Barnett He has a Napoleon complex, by virtue of being small and young in a job meant for the mighty and wise.— Spencer Kornhaber Allison Anders was not your typical five-foot, four-inch film school nerd with a Napoleon complex the size of Texas.— Veronica Chambers
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