superiority complex


Definition of superiority complex

: an exaggerated opinion of oneself

Examples of superiority complex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like all egomaniacs, his insufferable superiority complex comes entangled with a devastating inferiority complex; ambition and supremacy are matched by self-loathing and anger. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 My boyfriend, on the other hand, sometimes has somewhat of a superiority complex. Love, 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., 18 Sep. 2019 Something about this tickled me, a high school loner with a superiority complex. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 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, 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of superiority complex

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superiority complex was in 1921

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“Superiority complex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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