an exaggerated feeling of one's own superiority.
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Origin of superiority complex
First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for superiority complex
informal an inflated estimate of one's own merit, usually manifested in arrogance
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Medical definitions for superiority complex
[ sōō-pîr′ē-ôr′ĭ-tē ]
An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others.
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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