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
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than ceding superiority to Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma, everyone else in the game worked to get better. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: After Arizona upsets Connecticut, overlook women's basketball up-and-comers at your own peril," 3 Apr. 2021 The bold strategy to regain technological superiority seized by competitors like Taiwan Semiconductor and Samsung shouldn't come as a surprise from Gelsinger, who spent much of his career at Intel under its fiery and legendary CEO Andy Grove. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Intel’s CEO reveals new strategy: Go big or go home," 23 Mar. 2021 No character flatters viewers’ sense of secular superiority by leaving the faith for good. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Haredi Jewish Family of “Shtisel” Returns for a Third Season," 22 Mar. 2021 Son still isn’t ready to claim superiority over father despite passing him in height. Los Angeles Times, "Column: La Mirada’s Shaun Grayson keeps growing as a tight end," 22 Mar. 2021 No wonder China is developing them to counter U.S. superiority in other areas, and he Pentagon is devoting so much effort to defense against such missiles, . David Hambling, Forbes, "China Developing Hypersonic Swarms To Overwhelm Missile Defenses," 18 Mar. 2021 Part of the difference can be explained by Tesla's continued superiority in battery costs, software and the profitability of its electric cars. Charles Riley, CNN, "Volkswagen could soon steal Tesla's crown," 16 Mar. 2021 As usual, the program of exploitation is driven by greed, enforced by guns and sanctified by a philosophy of natural superiority. Washington Post, "In ‘How Beautiful We Were,’ an African village goes up against an American oil company," 16 Mar. 2021 The Amazons were, however, defeated by Greek heroes like Heracles, serving as just another example of men’s naturalized superiority. Autumn Wright, Wired, "What Hades Can Teach Us About Ancient Greek Masculinity," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of superiority

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superiority was in the 15th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Superiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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