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English adjective: superior

1. superior of high or superior quality or performance

SamplesSuperior wisdom derived from experience.
Superior math students.

SimilarA-one, ace, banner, blue-ribbon, boss, brag, brilliant, capital, choice, crack, excellent, fantabulous, first-class, first-rate, gilt-edged, greatest, high-performance, outstanding, premium, prime, prize, pucka, pukka, quality, select, select, shining, spiffing, splendid, sterling, super, superb, superlative, supreme, surpassing, tiptop, top-flight, top-hole, top-notch, topnotch, topping, tops, transcendent, weapons-grade, well-made

See alsobest

Attributecaliber, calibre, quality


2. superior of or characteristic of high rank or importance

SamplesA superior ruler.

Similararch, condescending, eminent, high, high-level, high-ranking, leading, majestic, olympian, patronising, patronizing, preeminent, superordinate, upper, upper-level

See alsodominant, high


3. superior (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by

SamplesOvercome by a superior opponent.
Trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law.


Antonymssubordinate, low-level

4. superior written or printed above and to one side of another character


Domain categoryprinting, printing process

Antonymsadscript, subscript, inferior

5. superior having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit

SamplesMars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets.

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology


6. superior having a higher rank

SamplesSuperior officer.

Synonymshigher-ranking, ranking



7. superior (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by

SamplesHe is superior to fear.
An ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades.



English noun: superior

1. superior (person) one of greater rank or station or quality

Synonymshigher-up, superordinate

Broader (hypernym)leader

Narrower (hyponym)better, god, supervisor


2. superior (person) the head of a religious community

Broader (hypernym)religious

Narrower (hyponym)abbess, abbot, archimandrite, mother superior, prior, prioress

3. superior (person) a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

Synonymsmaster, victor

Broader (hypernym)battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper

Narrower (hyponym)conqueror, vanquisher

4. Superior (object) the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes

SynonymsLake Superior

Instance hypernymlake

Part meronymGreat Lakes

5. Superior (location) a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth

Instance hypernymtown

Part meronymBadger State, WI, Wisconsin

6. superior (communication) a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character


Broader (hypernym)character, grapheme, graphic symbol

Antonymssubscript, inferior

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