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A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.
Lawrence G. Lovasik

Meaning of "superiority complex" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

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adjective
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conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Superiority complex is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SUPERIORITY COMPLEX MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Superiority complex

Superiority complex is a psychological defense mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority. The term was coined by Alfred Adler as part of his School of Individual psychology. It was introduced in his series of books, including "Understanding Human Nature" and "Social Interest".

Definition of superiority complex in the English dictionary

The definition of superiority complex in the dictionary is an inflated estimate of one's own merit, usually manifested in arrogance.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

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WORDS THAT END LIKE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

AIDS-related complex
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B complex
cinema complex
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Golgi complex
guilt complex
herpes simplex
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immune complex
inferiority complex
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major histocompatibility complex
military-industrial complex
Oedipus complex
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simplex
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vitamin B complex

Synonyms and antonyms of superiority complex in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «superiority complex» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

Find out the translation of superiority complex to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of superiority complex from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «superiority complex» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

优越感
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

complejo de superioridad
570 millions of speakers

English

superiority complex
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

श्रेष्ठता जटिल
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

عقدة التفوق
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

комплекс превосходства
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

complexo de superioridade
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শ্রেষ্ঠত্ব জটিল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

complexe de supériorité
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kompleks keunggulan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Überlegenheitskomplex
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

優越感
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

우월
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Komplek superioritas
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ưu phức tạp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மேல்தட்டு சிக்கலானது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

श्रेष्ठत्व कॉम्प्लेक्स
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

büyüklük kompleksi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

complesso di superiorità
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kompleks wyższości
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

комплекс переваги
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

complex de superioritate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σύμπλεγμα ανωτερότητας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

meerderwaardigheidskompleks
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

överlägsenhet komplex
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

overlegenhet kompleks
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of superiority complex

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SUPERIORITY COMPLEX»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SUPERIORITY COMPLEX» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about superiority complex

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QUOTES WITH «SUPERIORITY COMPLEX»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word superiority complex.
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Lawrence G. Lovasik
A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SUPERIORITY COMPLEX»

Discover the use of superiority complex in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to superiority complex and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important book that will transform your perspective of parenting forever.
Amy Chua, 2011
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Adolf Hitler: A Psychological Interpretation of His Views on ...
Inherent in the inferiority complex is the superiority complex. Adler declared that " the word complex as attached to inferiority (feeling) and superiority merely represents an exaggerated condition of the sense of inferiority and the striving for  ...
Sherree Owens Zalampas, 1990
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The Psychology of Personality: Viewpoints, Research, and ...
On the negative side, Adler also noted the possibility of its taking a turn for the worse and manifesting itself in the form of a superiority complex. An individual suffering from a superiority complex is someone who seeks to abuse, exploit, ...
Bernardo J. Carducci, 2009
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Primer of Adlerian Psychology: The Analytic - Behavioural - ...
In either of these cases, the notion of superiority complex, as Adler (1956) defined it, is not really at issue. Both cases are artifacts of learning and development and, to some degree, are more or less subjectively accurate appraisals of early ...
Harold Mosak, Michael Maniacci, 2013
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Theories of Psychotherapy & Counseling: Concepts and Cases
we should hardly expect him to acknowledge the fact. (Ansbacher & Ansbacher, 1956, p. 260) The superiority complex may be more obvious in children, but neither adults nor children are likely to easily acknowledge their superiority complex.
Richard Sharf, 2011
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The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler: The general ...
He had grown accustomed to so much pampering Let me discuss the case of another oldest boy, an active child suffering from a superiority complex. As we know, a superiority complex always hides an inferiority complex; it means wanting to ...
Alfred Adler, 2006
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Alfred Adler's Basic Concepts and Implications
On the other hand, the neurotic's evasion of the problems of life may take the form of a superiority complex. This involves the false belief that the person is above or better than others. Through it, the individual sets up unrealistic and fantastic ...
Robert W. Lundin, 1989
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The Science of Living
CHAPTER THREE THE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX N the last chapter we discussed the inferiority complex and its Irelation to the general feeling of inferiority which all of us share and ggle against. Now we have to turn to the inverse topic, the ...
Alfred Adler, 2013
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How to Remain Ever Free
What is Superiority Complex? It means that “I am superior to others”. One interesting point regarding superiority complex is that the existence of others is a must for claiming superiority. Suppose by sheer chance, you are left alone on this earth.
M. K. Gupta, 2006
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De Gaulle and the World: The Foreign Policy of the Fifth ...
Cultural superiority complex However, many Frenchmen find consolation in the conviction that they are the most cultivated nation in the world. A perspicacious English commentator writes: It is obvious that France, caught since the war in ...
Władysław Wszebór Kulski, 1966

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SUPERIORITY COMPLEX»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term superiority complex is used in the context of the following news items.
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Mueller: Pirates' Kang coming up big, a superiority complex and …
It could be argued that no person in recent baseball history oozed a sense of arrogance and superiority more than La Russa. * If I had to pick one starter from all ... «Timesonline.com, Jul 15»
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Pieropan's Soave Superiority Complex
Pieropan makes superior wines in Soave Classico, but they won't be called Soave Superiore. This is a great example of silly Italian wine laws, the type that ... «Wine-Searcher, Jun 15»
3
Colts Offseason: Patriots Media Superiority Complex
The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots don't like each other. They've been fierce rivals for nearly two decades, with the Pats admittedly generally ... «Horseshoe Heroes, May 15»
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The strangling superiority complex of Kuwait
From the outside, it appears that Kuwait is glowing with prosperity. They pride themselves on the economic development of their tiny country, perceived stability ... «Middle East Monitor, Apr 15»
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China's superiority complex must be carefully managed
In modern China's security dealings, one notion is gradually coming to the fore: that the imperiousness that once dictated ancient China's policies seems to be ... «South China Morning Post, Feb 15»
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For Italians, a Lingering Superiority Complex About Roman Empire
That's the superiority complex, something Italians have in common with the Greeks. On the other hand, there is the inferiority complex that comes from knowing ... «National Geographic, Feb 15»
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We must lose 'superiority complex', says IoD leader
Timon Colegrove, chairman of Institute of Directors Oxfordshire, said: “The IoD has a little bit of a superiority complex that is completely incompatible with today's ... «The Oxford Times, Jan 15»
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Americans suffer from superiority complex: Journalist
The American people “suffer from a superiority complex” but are starting to realize they will never experience true peace unless the US government retreats from ... «Press TV, Dec 14»
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The Jewish Moral Superiority Complex is Eroding Our Rights
The Jewish Moral Superiority Complex is Eroding Our Rights. A dear friend who made Aliyah years ago laughed at the lack of extra security at the Begin Center ... «The Jewish Press, Nov 14»
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Superiority complex harmful for students
"The more a student felt unrealistically superior to a specific other student, the less he or she was liked by the other student in return," said the researchers. «Business Standard, Nov 14»

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