su·pe·ri·or·i·ty | \ su̇-ˌpir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē , 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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Where Smith had created space for Black humanity and advancement, Young held a differing view of Black people and viewed race relations through a lens of white superiority. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 The white prison guards and physicians deserved jail time for their crimes and for compromising the myth of white superiority. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 However, the Patriots' regular-season superiority may not be as safe a bet as in the past. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "New England Patriots again projected to lead NFL in wins in 2018," 29 Apr. 2018 The first pitted her against white superiority, while the latter made her inferior in the eyes of men of all races. Sindiwe Magona, Time, "Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Turned Anger Into Action During Apartheid," 5 Apr. 2018 Each side sought to project images of social and cultural superiority; stories of people corrupted by the decadent West or persecuted by the KGB were turned into weapons. The Economist, "The death of the archetypal Russian villain," 28 June 2018 Moral superiority in the absence of political power is useless, and self-reassurance in the inevitable upward motion of progress—that it may be interrupted or delayed, but rises inexorably—is self-indulgence. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Don’t Count on History to Judge Wisely," 27 June 2018 In a move that reinforced Western Conference superiority, the Lakers signed superstar LeBron James this offseason from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan's Moritz Wagner might be perfect fit for Lakers, LeBron James," 12 July 2018 What’s more, the union will allow Alaska to expand across the country, so now everyone can experience its superiority. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "10 Reasons Why Alaska Airlines Is Our Favorite Carrier," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of superiority

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of superiority

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

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