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Borrowed from Old French superiorite, from Medieval Latin superioritas, from Latin superior.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsʊu.pɪə(ɹ)ˌi.ɒ.ɹɪ.ti/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒɹɪti


superiority (countable and uncountable, plural superiorities)

  1. The state of being superior.
    Many US colleges want to achieve superiority in the sport of football.
    • Henry Makow
      To affirm racial identity is not to claim superiority. We are a family of man, each race contributing something unique.
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC[1]:
      Chelsea will point to that victory margin as confirmation of their superiority - but Spurs will complain their hopes of turning the game around were damaged fatally by Atkinson's decision.
  2. (Scotland, law, historical) The right which the superior enjoys in the land held by the vassal.


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