superior

The salesman boasted to his customer that the $1 million car was well worth the price because it was far superior, meaning of higher quality, to any car that had come before it. This car, the salesman bragged, could fly.

Superior comes from the Latin word meaning above and it literally means something that is above others in quality or status. Sometimes being superior can be perceived as a negative, as in the woman who acts superior to all of her friends, having a high opinion of herself just because she has millions of dollars in the bank after winning the lottery.

Definitions of superior
  1. adjective
    of high or superior quality or performance
    superior wisdom derived from experience”
    superior math students”
    Synonyms:
    best
    (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
    A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops
    of the highest quality
    banner
    unusually good; outstanding
    blue-ribbon, select
    selected or chosen for special qualifications
    boss, brag
    exceptionally good
    brilliant, superb
    of surpassing excellence
    capital
    first-rate
    choice, prime, prize, quality, select
    of superior grade
    excellent, fantabulous, first-class, splendid
    very good; of the highest quality
    gilt-edged
    of the highest quality or value
    greatest, sterling, superlative
    highest in quality
    high-performance
    modified to give superior performance
    outstanding, stellar
    distinguished from others in excellence
    premium
    having or reflecting superior quality or value
    pucka, pukka
    absolutely first class and genuine
    shining
    marked by exceptional merit
    spiffing
    excellent or splendid
    supreme
    highest in excellence or achievement
    top-flight, top-hole, topping
    excellent; best possible
    surpassing, transcendent
    exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
    weapons-grade
    of a quality adequate for use in weapons (especially in weapons of mass destruction)
    well-made
    skillfully constructed
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    inferior
    of low or inferior quality
    worst
    (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
    bad
    below average in quality or performance
    base
    (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
    bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny
    of very poor quality; flimsy
    bush, bush-league
    not of the highest quality or sophistication
    cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry
    cheap and shoddy
    coarse, common
    of low or inferior quality or value
    coarsened
    made coarse or crude by lack of skill
    commercial, commercial-grade
    of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior
    deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched
    of very poor quality or condition
    less
    (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
    low-grade
    of inferior quality
    mediocre, second-rate
    moderate to inferior in quality
    ropey, ropy
    (British informal) very poor in quality
    scrawny, scrubby, stunted
    inferior in size or quality
    second-class
    of inferior status or quality
    third-rate
    of lesser quality than second-rate
    utility, utility-grade
    used of beef; usable but inferior
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  2. adjective
    of or characteristic of high rank or importance
    “a superior ruler”
    Synonyms:
    dominant
    exercising influence or control
    high
    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    arch, condescending, patronising, patronizing
    (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
    eminent, high
    standing above others in quality or position
    leading, preeminent
    greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
    high-level, high-ranking, upper-level
    at an elevated level in rank or importance
    majestic, olympian
    majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters
    superordinate
    of higher rank or status or value
    upper
    superior in rank or accomplishment
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    inferior
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
    low
    literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
    low
    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    humble, low, lowly, modest, small
    low or inferior in station or quality
    indifferent
    fairly poor to not very good
    low-level
    at a low level in rank or importance
    middle-level
    intermediate in rank or position
    outclassed
    decisively surpassed by something else so as to appear to be of a lower class
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  3. adjective
    having a higher rank
    superior officer”
    synonyms: higher-ranking, ranking
    senior
    older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
  4. noun
    one of greater rank or station or quality
    synonyms: higher-up, superordinate
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    inferior
    one of lesser rank or station or quality
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    better
    a superior person having claim to precedence
    god
    a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
    supervisor
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
    bell captain
    the supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
    counsellor, counselor
    someone who has supervisory duties at a summer camp
    den mother
    someone who plays the role of a den mother
    director, theater director, theatre director
    someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show
    boss, chief, foreman, gaffer, honcho
    a person who exercises control over workers
    forewoman
    a woman in charge of a group of workers
    overseer, superintendent
    a person who directs and manages an organization
    oyabun
    a Japanese supervisor
    monitor, proctor
    someone who supervises (an examination)
    director of research, research director
    a supervisor in a research center
    stage manager, stager
    someone who supervises the physical aspects in the production of a show and who is in charge of the stage when the show is being performed
    system administrator
    a person in charge of managing and maintaining a computer system of telecommunication system (as for a business or institution)
    taskmaster
    someone who imposes hard or continuous work
    trail boss
    the person responsible for driving a herd of cattle
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    leader
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  5. noun
    the head of a religious community
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    abbess, mother superior, prioress
    the superior of a group of nuns
    abbot, archimandrite
    the superior of an abbey of monks
    prior
    the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
    abbe
    a French abbot
    mother
    a term of address for a mother superior
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    religious
    a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
  6. noun
    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
    synonyms: master, victor
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    conqueror, vanquisher
    someone who is victorious by force of arms
    subjugator
    a conqueror who defeats and enslaves
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    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
  7. adjective
    (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by
    “overcome by a superior opponent”
    “trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law”
    Synonyms:
    dominant
    exercising influence or control
  8. adjective
    (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by
    “he is superior to fear”
    “an ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades”
    Synonyms:
    unaffected
    undergoing no change when acted upon
  9. adjective
    written or printed above and to one side of another character
    synonyms: superscript
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    inferior, subscript
    written or printed below and to one side of another character
    adscript
    written or printed immediately following another character and aligned with it
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  10. noun
    a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
    synonyms: superscript
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    inferior, subscript
    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
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    character, grapheme, graphic symbol
    a written symbol that is used to represent speech
  11. adjective
    having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit
    “Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets”
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    Antonyms:
    inferior
    having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit
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