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 By George Petras, Veronica Bravo, Mitchell Thorson, USA TODAY The last time humans went to the moon, two superpowers battled it out for national pride and science superiority. USA TODAY, "The new race to the moon," 20 Feb. 2020 Parker’s show of moral superiority wasn’t the first time Brown had been made to feel small by a man. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Hannah Brown Isn’t Settling Anymore," 4 Oct. 2019 Nazism, the most extreme brand of nationalism — one defined in large part by a belief in racial superiority and a desire to dominate the world — also resulted from democratic elections. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump the nationalist celebrates D-Day's triumph of internationalism," 5 June 2019 In addition to making for cool visuals, the elephant walk is a fun way to remind other countries of American air superiority and its ability to muster a lot of warplanes fast. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Just Launched 24 F-22 Raptor Fighters at Once," 28 Mar. 2019 Both Australian Open finalists -- Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem -- are in dangerous form and could pose the most serious threat to Nadal's superiority. Ben Church, CNN, "French Open welcomes new retractable roof on Philippe-Chatrier court," 5 Feb. 2020 More noticeable than that hair was GeForce Now's apparent superiority when handling dark scenes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "RIP Stadia? Nvidia’s newly launched cloud-gaming service is (mostly) a stunner," 4 Feb. 2020 The first article of faith in the Church of Trump is that Trump is genetically superior, and this superiority manifests itself in his intuitions. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Whatever He Wants," 30 Jan. 2020 Big-animal fight superiority has been debated online among experts, and the consensus seems to be ... the grizzlies. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Here’s who should be playing in the Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Superiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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