Definition of superiority in US English:



  • 1The state of being superior.

    ‘an attempt to establish superiority over others’
    ‘the allies have achieved air superiority’
    • ‘We chose this case because it was not a simple story of one innovation's demonstrable technical and economic superiority over an incumbent rival.’
    • ‘The implications for national greatness and commercial superiority were stressed repeatedly.’
    • ‘This includes challenging our sense of moral, political, military, cultural and religious superiority over others.’
    • ‘At higher graphics quality settings the newer graphics core proves its superiority, though.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, superiority over our ancestors in science and culture does not guarantee us being more artistic.’
    • ‘I believe a free society can be achieved only by convincing our fellow men of its superiority over possible alternatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neither teacher nor student should have superiority over the other in this pedagogic arrangement.’
    • ‘Things go wrong, however, when that develops into an undeserved superiority over other ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This cast and this production prove their superiority again here and serve the script well, neither overplaying the melodrama or underemphasizing the pain.’
    • ‘The reason was the absolute perfection of her appearance and her air of invincible superiority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The practical results also suggest its superiority over the rivals, as we have just seen from the performance graph above.’
    • ‘Technical superiority is only important when it delivers proven solution superiority.’
    • ‘The disc extras offer a further level of superiority over the previous release, which was a barebones disc.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘True, his whole attitude is one of superiority, but it is more playful in nature.’
      • ‘Such attitudes, he felt, supported whites' feelings of superiority.’
      • ‘The main weakness of the tradition is an attitude of campy superiority, one that can quickly become self-congratulatory.’
      • ‘In his gallery of caricatures are the British who brought with them imperialistic arrogance and a powerful sense of cultural superiority.’
      • ‘The heathens then justify their own machinations - like public humiliations, for starters - with an ugly air of moral superiority.’
      • ‘This, unfortunately, tended to manifest as an often crudely expressed affectation of superiority.’
      • ‘And like most messy people, I harbor a sense of superiority over neatniks; I'm simply too busy to waste time shuffling papers.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a worm attack that spares Linux to bring out the smug superiority in Linux users.’
      • ‘The worst sin of all was ‘side’ - showing off either wealth or intellectual 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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’