Definition of Superior

1. Noun. One of greater rank or station or quality.

Exact synonyms: Higher-up, Superordinate
Generic synonyms: Leader
Specialized synonyms: Better, God, Supervisor
Antonyms: Inferior

2. Adjective. Of high or superior quality or performance. "Superior math students"

3. Noun. The head of a religious community.
Specialized synonyms: Abbess, Mother Superior, Prioress, Abbot, Archimandrite, Prior
Generic synonyms: Religious

4. Adjective. Of or characteristic of high rank or importance. "A superior ruler"

5. Noun. A combatant who is able to defeat rivals.
Exact synonyms: Master, Victor
Generic synonyms: Battler, Belligerent, Combatant, Fighter, Scrapper
Specialized synonyms: Conqueror, Vanquisher

6. Adjective. (sometimes followed by 'to') not subject to or influenced by. "Trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"
Similar to: Dominant
Derivative terms: Superiority

7. Noun. The largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes.
Exact synonyms: Lake Superior
Group relationships: Great Lakes
Generic synonyms: Lake

8. Adjective. Written or printed above and to one side of another character.
Exact synonyms: Superscript
Category relationships: Printing, Printing Process
Antonyms: Adscript, Subscript

9. Noun. A town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth.
Generic synonyms: Town
Group relationships: Badger State, Wi, Wisconsin

10. Adjective. Having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit. "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Antonyms: Inferior

11. Noun. A character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character.
Exact synonyms: Superscript
Generic synonyms: Character, Grapheme, Graphic Symbol
Antonyms: Subscript

12. Adjective. Having a higher rank. "Superior officer"
Exact synonyms: Higher-ranking, Ranking
Similar to: Senior
Derivative terms: Superiority

13. Adjective. (often followed by 'to') above being affected or influenced by. "An ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades"
Similar to: Unaffected

Definition of Superior

1. a. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.

2. n. One who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station, office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what is desirable; as, Addison has no superior as a writer of pure English.

Definition of Superior

1. Adjective. Higher in quality. ¹

2. Adjective. Higher in rank. ¹

3. Adjective. Located above. ¹

4. Adjective. Being greater or better than average; extraordinary. ¹

5. Noun. A person of higher rank or quality. ¹

6. Noun. The senior person in a monastic community. ¹

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Definition of Superior

1. one of higher rank, quality, or authority than another [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Superior

superintending control
superior (current term)
superior alveolar artery
superior auricular muscle
superior cerebellar artery
superior cerebral vein
superior colliculus
superior conjunction
superior court
superior courts
superior epigastric veins
superior general
superior good

Literary usage of Superior

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (1900)
"Outcrops along the Lake superior shore in Douglas county have not been reported, but the larger ... In lithological character the Lake superior sandstone, ..."

2. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James (1902)
"There is of course no special affinity between crankiness as such nnd superior intellect,1 for most psychopaths have feeble intellects, and superior ..."

3. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1901)
"WHITE superior* History —The history of the White superior variety as ... In changing the type of corn Mr. Sperry changed the name to the White superior. ..."

4. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1892)
"The total shipments of iron ore from the Lake superior districts by lake or by rail during the season of 1891 amounted to ..."

5. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1900)
"IN WHAT RESPECTS THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION 1s superior TO THAT OF THE STATES In what ... I am of opinion that the Federal Constitution is superior to all the ..."

6. Code of Law, Practice and Forms for Justices' and Other Inferior Courts in by Curtis Hillyer (1912)
"Defendant to be discharged on bail or deposit—superior court. §"-•241.4. ... Same—Arrest of defendant by bail or sheriff—superior court. .§ 2417. ..."

7. Three Years' Travels Throughout [!] the Interior Parts of North America, for by Jonathan Carver (1813)
"Lake superior from Weft Bay to this place is bounded by rocks, except towards the fouth weft ... weft of Lake superior. Lake Bourbon, the moft northern of ..."

8. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1839)
"iy WHAT RESPECTS THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION IS superior TO THAT OF THE STATES. In what respects the Constitution of the Union can be compared to that of the ..."

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