Definition of inferiority noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˌfɪəriˈɒrəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˌfɪriˈɔːrəti//
, NAmE//ɪnˌfɪriˈɑːrəti//
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the state of not being as good as somebody/something else a sense of inferiority social inferiority opposite superiority Word Originlate 16th cent.: probably from medieval Latin inferioritas, from Latin inferior ‘lower’.Extra examples He had an inferiority complex about his looks. She accepted her inferiority to her rivals. The invading force, conscious of their numerical inferiority at sea, decided on an airborne attack. Using a false accent over the phone is a sign of inferiority. the myth of racial inferiority
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