superior




The salesman boasted to his customer that the $1 million car was well worth the price because it was far superior, meaning of higher quality, to any car that had come before it. This car, the salesman bragged, could fly.

Superior comes from the Latin word meaning above and it literally means something that is above others in quality or status. Sometimes being superior can be perceived as a negative, as in the woman who acts superior to all of her friends, having a high opinion of herself just because she has millions of dollars in the bank after winning the lottery.

Definitions of superior
  1. adjective

    of high or superior quality or performance

    superior wisdom derived from experience”
    superior math students”
    Synonyms:

    best

    (superlative of `good’) having the most positive qualities
    A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops

    of the highest quality
    banner

    unusually good; outstanding
    blue-ribbon, select

    selected or chosen for special qualifications
    boss, brag

    exceptionally good
    brilliant, superb

    of surpassing excellence
    capital

    first-rate
    choice, prime, prize, quality, select

    of superior grade
    excellent, fantabulous, first-class, splendid

    very good;of the highest quality
    gilt-edged

    of the highest quality or value
    greatest, sterling, superlative

    highest in quality
    high-performance

    modified to give superior performance
    outstanding

    distinguished from others in excellence
    premium

    having or reflecting superior quality or value
    pucka, pukka

    absolutely first class and genuine
    shining

    marked by exceptional merit
    spiffing

    excellent or splendid
    supreme

    highest in excellence or achievement
    top-flight, top-hole, topping

    excellent; best possible
    surpassing, transcendent

    exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
    weapons-grade

    of a quality adequate for use in weapons (especially in weapons of mass destruction)
    well-made

    skillfully constructed
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    inferior

    of low or inferior quality
    worst

    (superlative of `bad’) most wanting in quality or value or condition
    bad

    below average in quality or performance
    base

    (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
    bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny

    of very poor quality; flimsy
    bush, bush-league

    not of the highest quality or sophistication
    cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry

    cheap and shoddy
    coarse, common

    of low or inferior quality or value
    coarsened

    made coarse or crude by lack of skill
    commercial, commercial-grade

    of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior
    deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched

    of very poor quality or condition
    less

    (usually preceded by `no’) lower in quality
    low-grade

    of inferior quality
    mediocre, second-rate

    moderate to inferior in quality
    ropey, ropy

    (British informal) very poor in quality
    scrawny, scrubby, stunted

    inferior in size or quality
    second-class

    of inferior status or quality
    third-rate

    of lesser quality than second-rate
    utility, utility-grade

    used of beef; usable but inferior
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  2. adjective

    of or characteristic of high rank or importance

    “a
    superior ruler”
    Synonyms:

    dominant

    exercising influence or control
    high

    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    arch, condescending, patronising, patronizing

    (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
    eminent, high

    standing above others in quality or position
    leading, preeminent

    greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
    high-level, high-ranking, upper-level

    at an elevated level in rank or importance
    majestic, olympian

    majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters
    superordinate

    of higher rank or status or value
    upper

    superior in rank or accomplishment
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    inferior

    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
    low-level, subordinate

    lower in rank or importance
    low

    literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
    low

    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    humble, low, lowly, modest, small

    low or inferior in station or quality
    indifferent

    fairly poor to not very good
    low-level

    at a low level in rank or importance
    middle-level

    intermediate in rank or position
    outclassed

    decisively surpassed by something else so as to appear to be of a lower class
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  3. adjective

    having a higher rank

    superior officer”
    synonyms:
    higher-ranking, ranking

    senior

    older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
  4. noun

    one of greater rank or station or quality

    synonyms:
    higher-up, superordinate
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    Antonyms:

    inferior

    one of lesser rank or station or quality
    examples:

    Harley Granville-Barker

    English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
    Elia Kazanjoglous

    United States stage and screen director (born in Turkey) and believer in method acting (1909-2003)
    Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky

    Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
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    better

    a superior person having claim to precedence
    god

    a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
    supervisor

    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
    bell captain

    the supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
    counsellor, counselor

    someone who has supervisory duties at a summer camp
    den mother

    someone who plays the role of a den mother
    director, theater director, theatre director

    someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show
    boss, chief, foreman, gaffer, honcho

    a person who exercises control over workers
    forewoman

    a woman in charge of a group of workers
    overseer, superintendent

    a person who directs and manages an organization
    oyabun

    a Japanese supervisor
    monitor, proctor

    someone who supervises (an examination)
    director of research, research director

    a supervisor in a research center
    stage manager, stager

    someone who supervises the physical aspects in the production of a show and who is in charge of the stage when the show is being performed
    system administrator

    a person in charge of managing and maintaining a computer system of telecommunication system (as for a business or institution)
    taskmaster

    someone who imposes hard or continuous work
    trail boss

    the person responsible for driving a herd of cattle
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    leader

    a person who rules or guides or inspires others

  5. noun

    the head of a religious community

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    Saint Bridget

    Irish abbess; a patron saint of Ireland (453-523)
    Heloise

    student and mistress and wife of Abelard (circa 1098-1164)
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    abbess, mother superior, prioress

    the superior of a group of nuns
    abbot, archimandrite

    the superior of an abbey of monks
    prior

    the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
    abbe

    a French abbot
    mother

    a term of address for a mother superior
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    religious

    a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience

  6. noun

    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

    synonyms:
    master, victor
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    examples:

    Alexander the Great

    king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria (356-323 BC)
    types:

    conqueror, vanquisher

    someone who is victorious by force of arms
    subjugator

    a conqueror who defeats and enslaves
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    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper

    someone who fights (or is fighting)

  7. adjective

    (sometimes followed by `to’) not subject to or influenced by

    “overcome by a
    superior opponent”
    “trust magnates who felt themselves
    superior to law”
    Synonyms:

    dominant

    exercising influence or control
  8. adjective

    (often followed by `to’) above being affected or influenced by

    “he is
    superior to fear”
    “an ignited firework proceeds
    superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades”
    Synonyms:

    unaffected

    undergoing no change when acted upon
  9. adjective

    written or printed above and to one side of another character

    synonyms:
    superscript
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    Antonyms:

    inferior, subscript

    written or printed below and to one side of another character
    adscript

    written or printed immediately following another character and aligned with it
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  10. noun

    a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

    synonyms:
    superscript
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    Antonyms:

    inferior, subscript

    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
    type of:

    character, grapheme, graphic symbol

    a written symbol that is used to represent speech

  11. adjective

    having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth’s orbit

    “Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the
    superior planets”
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    Antonyms:

    inferior

    having an orbit between the sun and the Earth’s orbit

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