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superiority

[suh-peer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-, soo-] /səˌpɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-, sʊ-/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being superior.
Origin of superiority
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30, superiority is from the Medieval Latin word superiōritāt- (stem of superiōritās). See superior, -ity
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  • To be able to look down where he looked up—what was it but superiority?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • George does more frequently, but not with the air of superiority he once did.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Their superiority was greater in size and weight of metal than in numbers.

  • A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another's superiority.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I admit the superiority of many other French things besides French art.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
Word Origin and History for superiority
n.

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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