Meaning of inferiority in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˌfɪərɪˈɒrɪti/

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mass noun
  • The condition of being lower in status or quality than another or others.

    ‘they were exiled or degraded to a position of inferiority’
    • ‘his sense of failure adds to his feelings of inferiority’
    • ‘Conversely, deprivation produces feelings of inferiority, weakness and helplessness.’
    • ‘In a condition of inferiority and objectification, submission is usually essential for survival.’
    • ‘However, from this position of avowed inferiority, could I possibly make two tiny observations?’
    • ‘Nurses assumed this position of unquestioning inferiority both in their actions and their beliefs.’
    • ‘Aspiration for honour and prosperity came to be regarded as a sort of undesirable worldly weaknesses and inferiority of mind.’
    • ‘The language of racial inferiority and exclusion was used as unselfconsciously in this debate as it was on the franchise question.’
    • ‘In the bush, labouring as a mark of social inferiority disappeared.’
    • ‘As has been suggested, this discourse seems to have arisen out of a sense of weakness or inferiority on the part of the English.’
    • ‘Nevertheless the imperfection inherent in its inferiority can be overcome as it returns towards its cause.’
    • ‘One of the central tenets of this ideology is the inherent inferiority and weakness of women.’
    • ‘Despite their inferiority, York could feel aggrieved about Percy Park's third try which followed a blatantly forward pass.’
    • ‘At the helm for 11 games, he lost 10, drew one and was responsible for an infestation of inferiority in the dressing room.’
    • ‘There is probably profound fear or inferiority in her, which could be why she hides herself behind those oversized glasses.’
    • ‘But, then again, inferiority depends on where your benchmarks are and with whom you are comparing.’
    • ‘He also lamented the existence of attitudes asserting inferiority toward anything from the West within the art world.’
    • ‘However, it wasn't just physical inferiority that marked us out as different to the current generation of A-level students.’
    • ‘And it's always triggered by a feeling of inferiority and it starts with a sense of failure.’
    • ‘It is an understanding that carried New Zealand to a win when numerical inferiority and English courage suggested it should have been a loss.’
    • ‘Still, the sense of inferiority drummed into me from my contact with the internet may well lead me to strive to become a more fully rounded individual.’
    • ‘When the relationship between people and nature is discussed today, it is always humanity that bears the mark of moral inferiority.’
    lowliness, inferior status, inferior position, secondary status, secondary position, subordination, subservience, subjection, servitude
    shoddiness, second-rateness, substandardness, unfitness, unsatisfactoriness, poorness, cheapness, mediocrity, indifference
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Late 16th century probably from medieval Latin inferioritas, from Latin inferior ‘lower’.