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superiority complex

an exaggerated feeling of one's own superiority.
Origin of superiority complex
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first step in conquering this superiority complex is to realize that it is there.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • There is one more thing we need to do in conquering that superiority complex.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • The superiority complex found in group known as science fiction fans is probably unequalled anywhere.

  • You know, that grinning skull we have stuck up all over the place to bolster up our superiority complex.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for superiority complex

superiority complex

(informal) an inflated estimate of one's own merit, usually manifested in arrogance
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superiority complex in Medicine

superiority complex su·pe·ri·or·i·ty complex (sōō-pēr'ē-ôr'ĭ-tē)

  1. An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others.

  2. A psychological defense mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority.

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