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superiority complex

noun
1.
an exaggerated feeling of one's own superiority.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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  • Our consumption without thought to consequence is objectification of nature, a symptom of our humanist superiority complex.
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British Dictionary definitions for superiority complex

superiority complex

noun
1.
(informal) an inflated estimate of one's own merit, usually manifested in arrogance
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superiority complex in Medicine

superiority complex su·pe·ri·or·i·ty complex (sōō-pēr'ē-ôr'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others.

  2. A psychological defense mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority.

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