inferiority complex

noun
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of inferiority complex

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

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First Known Use of inferiority complex

1922

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INFERIORITY COMPLEX Defined for English Language Learners

inferiority complex

Definition of inferiority complex for English Language Learners

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


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inferiority complex

noun

medical Definition of inferiority complex

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

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