superiority complex


Definition of superiority complex

: an exaggerated opinion of oneself

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Recent Examples on the Web My boyfriend, on the other hand, sometimes has somewhat of a superiority complex. Love, "My mom and my boyfriend aren’t speaking," 8 Oct. 2019 Not so long ago, a restaurant opening in a luxury development might have had tablecloths, formal service, even more formal cuisine, and a superiority complex., "Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe," 18 Sep. 2019 Something about this tickled me, a high school loner with a superiority complex. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives," 13 Oct. 2018 Rightly or wrongly, Judge (and his showrunner Alec Berg) see that kind of superiority complex as what’s driving so many industry CEOs, and compelling them to overlook the more ethically dodgy parts of their business. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley Explores the Darker Side of the Industry," 26 Mar. 2018 Not a bone in my body indicts anyone in this crisis of responsibility because of a cosmopolitan- or moral-superiority complex. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "The Cultural Remedy for Main Street," 15 Feb. 2018 This entrenched inferiority complex in our DNA adapts to the contemporary moment, often mutating into a superiority complex. Ian Belknap, Chicago Reader, "Chicago’s Second City inferiority complex has mutated into a nasty superiority complex," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of superiority complex

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Superiority complex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of superiority complex

: an excessive striving for or pretense of superiority to compensate for supposed inferiority

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