superiority-complex

superiority complex

noun
an exaggerated feeling of one's own superiority.

Origin:
1920–25

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superiority complex
 
n
informal an inflated estimate of one's own merit, usually manifested in arrogance

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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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