Definition of inferiority complex in English:

inferiority complex


  • An unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy caused by actual or supposed inferiority in one sphere, sometimes marked by aggressive behaviour in compensation.

    • ‘These both stem from the same source: a national inferiority complex.’
    • ‘Studies also show that such children suffer from a marked inferiority complex.’
    • ‘Is it possible to have both a superiority complex and an inferiority complex?’
    • ‘Even his fondest memories are tinged by the infamous inferiority complex that continues to drive him.’
    • ‘Jackie sometimes claims he had an inferiority complex, a cultural cringe, another legacy of dyslexia and his Scottish upbringing.’
    • ‘This was a mark not of a cultural inferiority complex, but of confidence.’
    • ‘Can we overcome the imposed inferiority complex about white people by making this nation an economic power and a military power?’
    • ‘They gaze in wonder at our modesty and chuckle at our inferiority complex.’
    • ‘Europe suffers from a collective inferiority complex, seeming to be helpless against the tides of the new century.’
    • ‘What's more, the Continent is suffering from an inferiority complex.’
    • ‘After centuries of carping prompted by an understandable inferiority complex, Lancastrians are coming to accept that Yorkshire knows best.’
    • ‘She hurried out into the street, happy to be alone in the crowd and away from Leo who was clearly dealing with an inferiority complex.’
    • ‘Not everything is about you and your inferiority complex!’
    • ‘We all understood that he was venting his inferiority complex on his wife.’
    • ‘In fact, they have an inferiority complex and are intellectually dwarfed.’
    • ‘Perhaps their apprehension comes from a lingering inferiority complex which has not yet matured beyond its second-class status.’
    • ‘I believe that the unspoken collective view in the compartment was that there was an inferiority complex at play here.’
    • ‘But then, I also do have an inferiority complex in certain things.’
    • ‘Any inferiority complex is a two-way street, and outsiders have contributed to the negative stereotype of Dundee as much as the locals.’
    • ‘Nicholas is doing better, but suffers from an inferiority complex that is magnified when separated from Patrick.’


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