Superiority is the quality of being better than or superior to someone else. Your superiority in the sack race won you a first-place ribbon.

Superiority refers to the best. It’s better than, above, greater than everything else, whether there’s something to compare it to — the superiority of one ice cream flavor over another — or whether it just describes a general state of high quality — the superiority of the University library. Of course, sometimes superiority is all in your head; in that case, some people might say you have a superiority complex, which means that you think you’re better than everyone else!

Definitions of superiority

n the quality of being superior

high quality
inferiority, low quality
an inferior quality
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choiceness, fineness
the quality of being very good indeed
first class
the highest rank in a classification
first water
the highest quality gems
cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity
the property of being ingenious
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caliber, calibre, quality
a degree or grade of excellence or worth

n the quality of being at a competitive advantage

favorable position, favourable position
a slight competitive advantage
inside track
a favorable position in a competition
upper hand, whip hand
position of advantage and control
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advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

n the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits

transcendence, transcendency
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domination, mastery, supremacy
power to dominate or defeat

n displaying a sense of being better than others

“he hated the white man's superiority and condescension”
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arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness
overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

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