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[suh-peer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-, soo-] /səˌpɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-, sʊ-/
the quality or condition of being superior.
Origin of superiority
First recorded in 1520-30, superiority is from the Medieval Latin word superiōritāt- (stem of superiōritās). See superior, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There are other German superiorities which are very much superior.

  • Worship his superiorities; wish him not less by a thought, but hoard and tell them all.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We are the superiors by that silliest and most snobbish of all superiorities, the mere aristocracy of time.

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • What are the superiorities, and what is the nature of the deference?

    Human Intercourse Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • For a very long time it is used mainly, if not solely, as a means of endowing the churches with lands and superiorities.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • They keep using ideas as megaphones to proclaim their own superiorities.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • He had been more irritated by the superiorities of young Percival Galleon than he had cared to confess.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • Had not his old mentor always sung of the superiorities of that tongue?

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • July was the voluntary defeat of all superiorities,—name, fortune, talent.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • He turned the conversation to a discussion of the superiorities of birth, and lauded the distinction of the hereditary classes.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
Word Origin and History for superiorities



late 15c., from Old French superiorite or directly from Medieval Latin superioritas, from super "above, over" (see super-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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