superiority complex

superiority complex
superiority complex
popularly a feeling of superiority or exaggerated self-importance, often accompanied by excessive aggressiveness, arrogance, etc. which are compensation for feelings of inferiority: cf. INFERIORITY COMPLEX

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  • superiority complex — n an excessive striving for or pretense of superiority to compensate for supposed inferiority …   Medical dictionary

  • superiority complex — noun an exaggerated estimate of your own value and importance • Hypernyms: ↑egotism, ↑self importance, ↑swelled head * * * suˌperiˈority complex 7 [superiority complex] noun a feeling that you are better or more importa …   Useful english dictionary

  • superiority complex — an exaggerated feeling of one s own superiority. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • superiority complex — noun an attitude of superiority which conceals actual feelings of inferiority and failure …   English new terms dictionary

  • superiority complex — superior′ity com plex n. psi an exaggerated feeling of one s own superiority • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • superiority complex — /səpɪəriˈɒrəti kɒmplɛks/ (say suhpearree oruhtee kompleks) noun Colloquial an exaggerated estimation of one s own worth. {modelled on inferiority complex} …  

  • superiority complex — noun Date: circa 1924 an exaggerated opinion of oneself …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Superiority complex — (jocular) exaggerated estimation of one s own worth …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • superiority complex — Australian Slang (jocular) exaggerated estimation of one s own worth …   English dialects glossary

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