Inferiority In*fe`ri*or"i*ty, [Cf. F. inf['e]riorit['e].] The state of being inferior; a lower state or condition; as, inferiority of rank, of talents, of age, of worth. [1913 Webster]

A deep sense of our own great inferiority. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

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  • inferiority — n. 1) a feeling of inferiority 2) inferiority to * * * [ɪnˌfɪ(ə)rɪ ɒrɪtɪ] a feeling of inferiority inferiority to …   Combinatory dictionary

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  • inferiority — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Quality of being lesser Nouns 1. inferiority, minority, subordinacy; inadequacy, deficiency (see insufficiency); minimum; smallness; imperfection; poorness, meanness; subservience. See inequality,… …   English dictionary for students

  • inferiority — n. the state of being inferior. Phrases and idioms: inferiority complex an unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy caused by actual or supposed inferiority in one sphere, sometimes marked by aggressive behaviour in compensation …   Useful english dictionary

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