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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The report attempted to calculate the future cost of Penetrating Counter Air (PCA), which is the current name of the U.S. Air Force’s next superiority fighter jet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force’s Next Great Fighter Jet Could Cost $300 Million Apiece," 17 Dec. 2018 Or is the moral imperative to attempt to thwart the current president or at least announce one’s moral superiority by mocking him the overriding principle, even in the field of movie criticism? Ed Stockly,, "Calendar letters: Name that woman, watch your bias and don't blame the critics," 23 June 2018 Morton's belief in the racial superiority of Caucasians influenced his interpretation of his data; Tiedemann's staunch anti-slavery views did the same for the analysis of his data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 Other diktats caution against conveying any sense of Chinese superiority, or claims that China can easily crush America in a trade war. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 What all of these ‘underdog’ victories have in common is the combatting of technical superiority, elite quality and star personnel with industry, determination, physical and mental resolve and an uncompromising work ethic., "Quality vs Fire: Why Uruguay's Clash With France Could Indicate How the World Cup Will Be Won," 4 July 2018 But in its decades of service the Warthog has yet to operate in an environment where the U.S. has not enjoyed air superiority, largely negating that disadvantage. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the A-10 Warthog Is Such a Badass Plane," 19 Nov. 2016 That amount is expected to soar as part of the $22 billion set aside to maintain U.S. superiority in space in 2017. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space," 4 May 2016 The contracts are in response to the rapid development of hypersonics in Russia and China, a development that could challenge U.S. technological superiority. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The First U.S. Hypersonic Weapons: Arrow and Hacksaw," 21 Aug. 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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