[suh-peer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-, soo-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for superiorities

Historical Examples of superiorities

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

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • What are the superiorities, and what is the nature of the deference?

    Human Intercourse

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • They keep using ideas as megaphones to proclaim their own superiorities.


    Ben Hecht

  • July was the voluntary defeat of all superiorities,—name, fortune, talent.

    The Village Rector

    Honore de Balzac

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

    Villa Elsa

    Stuart Henry

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