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

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 Gleeson placed them third on his list, expecting point guard R.J. Davis to return and projecting that some top-tier transfers will gravitate toward the program that continued its aura of superiority through the change in coaching leadership. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 One of the great unifiers is our sense of superiority… to someone. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, 21 Feb. 2022 Flanker, a dedicated air superiority heavy fighter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2022 Russia has much more aircraft than Ukraine but has yet to take air superiority over the country. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 But the first stages of the battle have already begun, with cruise missile bombardments, troop movements to encircle the city and a fight to gain air superiority. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Protecting civilians and enforcing the zone No-fly zones are often used to protect civilians on the ground from warplane attacks and to prevent a country from gaining air superiority, meaning control of the sky over a battlefield. Andrew Stigler, Quartz, 16 Mar. 2022 The official said that Russian forces have launched more than 900 missiles but that Ukraine's airspace is still contested, with Russia not achieving total air superiority. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 15 Mar. 2022 The Pentagon has repeatedly, as recently as Monday, said that Russia has yet to achieve air superiority because Ukraine’s air defenses and some of its air force remain intact. Andrew Restuccia And Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of superiority

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2022

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“Superiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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