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 In 2018, white nationalists were reportedly chugging it to show off their genetic superiority in lactose digestion. New York Times, "The Milk Situation," 14 Mar. 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide The pickup truck versus the work van is one of those (possibly tired) transatlantic tropes that each side uses as proof of its inherent superiority. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ford’s best-selling Transit is going electric, and it’s coming to America," 4 Mar. 2020 Another prominent component of the English wartime myth was that the working class needed to be taught bravery, their tutors being the posh private-school types who blithely assumed their social superiority. Gerard Degroot, Washington Post, "Winston Churchill and the power of English myth," 28 Feb. 2020 Proving their regular-season superiority over Green Bay was no fluke, the 49ers, a 4-12 team last year, continued their historic turnaround by reaching their first Super Bowl in seven years with a 37-20 drumming of the Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Caron Creighton,, "Bay Briefing: 49ers bound for Super Bowl," 20 Jan. 2020 To think that one of the biggest fitness trends started as a fluke and grew by the force of its own obvious superiority is a compelling story. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 Bots masquerading as humans in a game outperformed their human opponents—but the their superiority vanished when their machine identity was revealed. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, "Bots Outperform Humans If They Impersonate Us," 21 Nov. 2019 Howard is a solid communicator, an eternal student of the game, but never one to assume his own superiority. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Juwan Howard, Michigan basketball and the 'beautiful road' that reunited them," 3 Nov. 2019 Relish your clear superiority over your rivals during Saturday's 36-17 victory in the World's Largest Outdoor Talent Discrepancy Party. Mike Bianchi,, "If Dan Mullen beats Georgia, he’s already a better coach than Kirby Smart | Commentary," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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22 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Superiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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