inferiority complex

noun
1.
Psychiatry. intense feeling of inferiority, producing a personality characterized either by extreme reticence or, as a result of overcompensation, by extreme aggressiveness.
2.
lack of self-esteem; feeling of inadequacy; lack of self-confidence.

Origin:
1920–25

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inferiority complex
 
n
psychiatry a disorder arising from the conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated, characterized by aggressiveness or withdrawal into oneself

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inferiority complex n.
A persistent sense of inadequacy or the tendency to diminish oneself, sometimes resulting in excessively aggress behavior through overcompensation.

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He holds more cards than the enemy, but he has an inferiority complex.
There is, however, a side to the region that portrays a bit of an inferiority complex.
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