Napoleon complex

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

First Known Use of Napoleon complex

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Napoleon complex

after napoléon i (Napoléon Bonaparte)

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“Napoleon complex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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