superiority

noun
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

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This would be easier to do by air, but the Chinese don't have air superiority, and want to block Japanese ships from nearing the contested islands. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What a Shooting War in the East China Sea Might Look Like," 27 Nov. 2013 But not every answer to U.S. martial superiority relies on high-tech know-how. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Griezmann's second, minutes after the restart, was cooly taken and underlined the Spanish club's technical superiority. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Spain's Atletico Madrid rout Marseille in Europa League final," 17 May 2018 The nations of the world duke it out for pyrotechnic superiority every Saturday and Wednesday night through July and into early August at the Parc Jean-Drapeau. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a great time for a summer sojourn to Montreal," 21 June 2018 Maybe the result was not a reflection of English weaknesses at all, but of indubitable West German superiority. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Days to Go - What if Gordon Banks Hadn’t Fallen Ill Before the Quarter Final?," 11 June 2018 This likely will affect absolutely zero things in the real world, but will at least give you that nice moral superiority feeling. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Employer-sponsored retirement plans - my complaint," 19 Feb. 2018 The illusion of superiority survived into the postwar period, sustained by the fact that the national team had never lost on its home turf. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016 As Russia fills orders, the expanding S-400 footprint creates barriers that threaten decades of unchallenged U.S. air superiority in the Middle East, the Arctic and parts of Asia. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defense Challenges U.S. Air Power," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of superiority

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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superiority

noun

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

superiority

noun
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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