AskDefine | Define superiority

Dictionary Definition



1 the quality of being superior [syn: high quality] [ant: inferiority, inferiority]
2 the quality of being a competitive advantage [syn: favorable position, favourable position]
3 displaying a sense of being better than others; "he hated the white man's superiority and condescension"
4 the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits [syn: transcendence, transcendency]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈsʊu.pɪə(ɹ)ˌi.ɒ.ɹɪ.ti/ /"su:pI@(r)%i:.Q.rI.ti:/ a UK


  1. the state of being superior
    Many colleges want to achieve football superiority.


the state of being superior

Extensive Definition

Superior may refer to
  • Superior (hierarchy), in a hierarchical structure of any kind, a superior is above a subordinate and closer to the apex
  • Superior is the generic term, and in some cases the formal title, for the head of a monastery or other local unit of a religious order or congregation, e.g. abbot and prior, while a general superior and a provincial superior, exercise a supervisory role in a religious order or congregation viz. a territorial part of it (called ecclesiastical province)
  • Standard Superior, a German automobile brand built in the 1920s that may have been a forerunner of the Volkswagen Beetle
  • Superior Coach Company, a former manufacturer of school buses and that currently builds hearses
  • Superior (band), a progressive metal band from Germany
  • "Superior" is also used anatomically, meaning above or in a higher position on the body (when the body is in its anatomical position). The head is the most superior part of the body
  • Superior (proposed U.S. state), an unsuccessful, and occasionally facetious, proposal for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to form a state separate from Michigan
  • Superior Helicopter, a heavy lift helicopter operator of Glendale, Oregon
  • Superior, a difficulty rating in Dance Dance Revolution
Superiority may refer to

Geographical locations

superiority in German: Superior
superiority in Dutch: Superior
superiority in Japanese: Superior
superiority in Polish: Superior
superiority in Ukrainian: Суперіор
superiority in Volapük: Superior

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, abnormality, abnormity, accent, advantage, advantageousness, agreeableness, amorphism, amperage, anomalism, anomalousness, anomaly, antecedence, antecedency, anteposition, anteriority, armipotence, ascendance, ascendancy, auspiciousness, authority, balance of power, beef, beneficialness, benevolence, benignity, black power, brute force, charge, charisma, class, clout, cogence, cogency, compulsion, concern, concernment, consequence, consequentiality, consideration, derangement, desert, deviation, difference, dint, distinction, divergence, dominance, dominancy, domination, dominion, drive, duress, eccentricity, effect, effectiveness, effectuality, eminence, eminent domain, emphasis, energy, erraticism, exaggeration, excellence, excess, expedience, fairness, favorableness, fineness, first-rateness, flower power, force, force majeure, forcefulness, front position, full blast, full force, goodliness, goodness, grace, greatness, healthiness, hegemony, helpfulness, heteromorphism, high order, high rank, import, importance, inferiority, influence, inimitability, interest, inundation, irregularity, kindness, lead, leadership, main force, main strength, mana, mark, matchlessness, materiality, merit, might, might and main, mightiness, moment, monstrosity, moxie, muscle power, niceness, note, overflowing, overgrowth, overlordship, overpass, overrun, overrunning, overspreading, paramountcy, peerlessness, pizzazz, pleasantness, poop, potence, potency, potentiality, power, power pack, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness, precedence, precedency, preceding, precession, precursor, predominance, predominancy, predomination, preeminence, preference, prefixation, prelude, preponderance, prepotence, prepotency, prestige, primacy, principality, priority, productiveness, productivity, profitableness, prominence, prothesis, puissance, pull, punch, push, quality, renown, rewardingness, self-importance, significance, sinew, skillfulness, soundness, sovereignty, steam, strength, stress, strong arm, subnormality, superpower, supremacy, surplus, suzerainship, suzerainty, teratism, the lead, top priority, unnaturalism, unnaturalness, upper hand, urgency, usefulness, validity, value, vehemence, victory, vigor, vim, virility, virtue, virtuousness, virulence, vitality, wattage, weight, whip hand, wholeness, worth
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