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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Magic Leap doesn’t seem insulated from competition by sheer technological superiority. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential," 8 Aug. 2018 But in this game tonight, the midfield superiority was so evident, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic., "World Cup Daily Podcast: Lionel Messi and Argentina Get Demolished by Croatia," 21 June 2018 In the case of these two players, Langford’s notoriety would understandably hint at his superiority as a recruit and potential college player, but that’s not the case. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Romeo Langford, Charles Bassey make Louisville-area 2018 class special," 15 June 2018 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

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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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