superiority

noun
su·​pe·​ri·​or·​i·​ty | \ su̇-ˌpir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce superiority (audio) , ˌsü-, -ˈär-\
plural superiorities

Definition of superiority

: the quality or state of being superior also : a superior characteristic

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Examples of superiority in a Sentence

His success has given him a false sense of superiority. the superiority of some of the customers at the exclusive beauty salon is enough to curl your hair

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This suggests the need for universities to take seriously calls to decolonize the curriculum as a way to dismantle discourses and practices that reaffirm white superiority. Katy Sian, Quartz, "“Liberal racism” continues to plague Britain’s universities," 27 June 2019 To say that Syrians had little chance of creating a multi-confessional, tolerant democracy is not, as some have implied, a form of Orientalist superiority. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019 Nxivm members were also conditioned to believe in Mr. Raniere’s moral superiority. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers," 14 June 2019 The Allies hold seas control and air superiority — but low hanging clouds today were giving the Germans some protection from the far-ranging Allied airmen. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "YANKS TAKE TOWN NEAR CHERBOURG," 9 June 2019 What distinguished Voltaire from other Europeans was not his assumptions about the superiority of their stock but his eloquent opposition to slavery and colonialism. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, "Dialectics of Enlightenment," 9 May 2019 Her heroes were superior beings certain of their superiority. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Persistent Ghost of Ayn Rand, the Forebear of Zombie Neoliberalism," 6 June 2019 Her feeling of superiority is a self-undermining defense against her own irrelevance. New York Times, "‘Late Night’ Review: Emma Thompson Takes On the Old Boys of Network TV," 5 June 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Fans of whichever team wins this game will assuredly swig their beers with a haughty sense of superiority. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "The School That Really Owns Ohio State-Michigan," 22 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of superiority

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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superiority

noun

English Language Learners Definition of superiority

: the quality or state of being high or higher in quality
: the belief that you are better than other people
: the quality or state of being larger, stronger, etc., than others

superiority

noun
su·​pe·​ri·​or·​i·​ty | \ su̇-ˌpir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce superiority (audio) \

Kids Definition of superiority

: the state or fact of being better, more important, or higher in rank than others

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