quasisuperior

superior

[suh-peer-ee-er, soo-]
adjective
1.
higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.: a superior officer.
2.
above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc.: superior math students.
3.
of higher grade or quality: superior merchandise.
4.
greater in quantity or amount: superior numbers.
5.
showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others: superior airs.
6.
not yielding or susceptible (usually followed by to ): to be superior to temptation.
7.
higher in place or position: We moved our camp to superior ground.
8.
Botany.
a.
situated above some other organ.
b.
(of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary.
c.
(of an ovary) free from the calyx.
9.
Anatomy.
a.
higher in place or position; situated above another.
b.
toward the head. Compare inferior ( def 7 ).
10.
Printing. written or printed high on a line of text, as the “2” in a 2 b; superscript. Compare inferior ( def 9 ).
noun
11.
one superior to another.
12.
Also called superscript. Printing. a superior letter, number, or symbol. Compare inferior ( def 11 ).
13.
Ecclesiastical. the head of a monastery, convent, or the like.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin, equivalent to super(us) situated above (adj. derivative of super; see super-) + -ior comparative suffix; see -er4

superiorly, adverb
quasi-superior, adjective
unsuperior, adjective
unsuperiorly, adverb


2. excellent, distinguished, unrivaled, first-rate, matchless. 5. haughty, arrogant, snobbish.
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superior (suːˈpɪərɪə)
 
adj (foll by to)
1.  greater in quality, quantity, etc
2.  of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc
3.  higher in rank or status: a superior tribunal
4.  displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious
5.  not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
6.  placed higher up; situated further from the base
7.  astronomy
 a.  (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
 b.  (of a conjunction) occurring when the sun lies between the earth and an inferior planet
8.  (of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts
9.  anatomy (of one part in relation to another) situated above or higher
10.  printing (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript
 
n
11.  a person or thing of greater rank or quality
12.  printing a character set in a superior position
13.  (often capital) the head of a community in a religious order
 
[C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above]
 
usage  Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's
 
su'perioress
 
fem n
 
superiority
 
n
 
su'periorly
 
adv

Superior (suːˈpɪərɪə, sjuː-)
 
n
Lake Superior a lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)

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superior
late 14c., "higher in position," from O.Fr. superior, from L. superiorem (nom. superior) "higher," comparative of superus "situated above, upper," from super "above, over" (see super-). Meaning "higher in rank or dignity" is attested from late 15c.; sense of "of a higher
nature or character" is attested from 1530s. Noun meaning "person of higher rank" is attested from late 15c.
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superior su·pe·ri·or (su-pēr'ē-ər)
adj.

  1. Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.

  2. Situated above or directed upward.

  3. Situated nearer the top of the head.


su·pe'ri·or·ly adv.
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