Definition of superiority in US English:



  • 1The state of being superior.

    ‘an attempt to establish superiority over others’
    ‘the allies have achieved air superiority’
    • ‘The practical results also suggest its superiority over the rivals, as we have just seen from the performance graph above.’
    • ‘The implications for national greatness and commercial superiority were stressed repeatedly.’
    • ‘The disc extras offer a further level of superiority over the previous release, which was a barebones disc.’
    • ‘He'd love to flaunt the weapon like that under the very nose of the detective, further establishing his intellectual superiority over the dumb cop.’
    • ‘At higher graphics quality settings the newer graphics core proves its superiority, though.’
    • ‘This cast and this production prove their superiority again here and serve the script well, neither overplaying the melodrama or underemphasizing the pain.’
    • ‘Scene after scene, the professor uses the meaning he assigns to words to establish dictatorial superiority over his pupil up until to the abrupt dark comedic ending.’
    • ‘We chose this case because it was not a simple story of one innovation's demonstrable technical and economic superiority over an incumbent rival.’
    • ‘Things go wrong, however, when that develops into an undeserved superiority over other ideas.’
    • ‘The reason was the absolute perfection of her appearance and her air of invincible superiority.’
    • ‘I believe a free society can be achieved only by convincing our fellow men of its superiority over possible alternatives.’
    • ‘However, superiority over our ancestors in science and culture does not guarantee us being more artistic.’
    • ‘As the privileged core of colonial English education, they were used to bolster ideas of English superiority over the culture and literature of the ‘natives’.’
    • ‘These facilities can help the US military quickly gain air superiority throughout Central Asia, and even into the Middle East.’
    • ‘This includes challenging our sense of moral, political, military, cultural and religious superiority over others.’
    • ‘Both detectives soon come to blows over how to handle the case, each totally convinced of their superiority over the other until the killer strikes again, and again.’
    • ‘Russia reportedly developed anti-satellite weapons at the height of the Cold War and China is judged to pose a threat to the US's strategic superiority in space.’
    • ‘Technical superiority is only important when it delivers proven solution superiority.’
    • ‘Building on relative superiority is achieved by comparing products systematically with competitors and investing selectively either to improve the attractiveness of the product or to reduce the cost.’
    • ‘Neither teacher nor student should have superiority over the other in this pedagogic arrangement.’
    supremacy, advantage, lead, dominance, primacy, ascendancy, leadership, precedence, edge, whip hand, better quality
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    1. 1.1 A supercilious manner or attitude.
      ‘he attacked the media's smug superiority’
      • ‘It was with such airs of superiority that I spent every free moment during my two years at Yale buried in the corner of the library.’
      • ‘The worst sin of all was ‘side’ - showing off either wealth or intellectual superiority.’
      • ‘True, his whole attitude is one of superiority, but it is more playful in nature.’
      • ‘This, unfortunately, tended to manifest as an often crudely expressed affectation of superiority.’
      • ‘What might happen if he allowed himself to leave the safety of haughty solitude and moral superiority, to love other human beings who are beyond his control?’
      • ‘In his gallery of caricatures are the British who brought with them imperialistic arrogance and a powerful sense of cultural superiority.’
      • ‘It reinforces a sense of superiority in a society that says it doesn't believe in classes, and it allows Americans to establish feelings of dominance and superiority over others.’
      • ‘Also, while he has been portrayed by a number of actors over the years, he always maintains a level of intellectual superiority which gives the character a certain edge and attitude.’
      • ‘The main weakness of the tradition is an attitude of campy superiority, one that can quickly become self-congratulatory.’
      • ‘Such attitudes, he felt, supported whites' feelings of superiority.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a worm attack that spares Linux to bring out the smug superiority in Linux users.’
      • ‘The heathens then justify their own machinations - like public humiliations, for starters - with an ugly air of moral superiority.’
      • ‘Culturalism smacks of attitudes of superiority and cultural elitism - my culture is better than yours.’
      • ‘This air of religious superiority informed their efforts to Christianize the ‘heathen’ Indians.’
      • ‘And like most messy people, I harbor a sense of superiority over neatniks; I'm simply too busy to waste time shuffling papers.’