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superior

su·pe·ri·or

superior

 
pronunciation:
s pi ri r
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: higher in rank, station, or degree.
In the navy, an admiral is superior to a captain.As a superior officer, he had authority over me.
synonyms:
ranking, senior
antonyms:
inferior, junior, subordinate
similar words:
best, better, chief, leading, preeminent, principal, top
definition 2: well above average in quality.
He was promoted because of his superior work.The restaurants in the city are definitely superior to those we have here.
synonyms:
A one, better, choice, excellent, exceptional, outstanding, standout
antonyms:
average, inferior, mediocre, poor, shabby, shoddy
similar words:
ace, admirable, bang-up, banner, beautiful, bully, capital, classic, fine, first-rate, great, lofty, notable, noteworthy, prize, quality, royal, select, sterling, striking, strong, superlative, tiptop, topnotch, tremendous
definition 3: greater in number or quantity.
Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes.
synonyms:
greater
similar words:
better, bigger, larger, top
definition 4: showing haughtiness or disdain toward others.
I cannot tolerate their superior attitude toward the rest of the family.
synonyms:
arrogant, condescending, disdainful, haughty
antonyms:
humble, modest
similar words:
contemptuous, holier-than-thou, lofty, patronizing, scornful, self-important, snooty, stuck-up, supercilious, vainglorious
definition 5: indifferent to; immune to.
She was superior to the ordinary vices.
synonyms:
immune, indifferent, invulnerable
antonyms:
susceptible
similar words:
unaffected, uninfluenced, unsusceptible
definition 6: in astronomy, designating a planet whose orbit is farther from the sun than is the orbit of earth.
antonyms:
inferior
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who is higher than one or more others in rank, authority, or the like.
The soldiers acted on orders from their superior.
synonyms:
better, higher-up, senior
antonyms:
inferior, junior, subordinate
similar words:
top
definition 2: a person who surpasses one or more others in skills, talent, or the like.
She is his superior in chess.
synonyms:
better, standout
antonyms:
inferior
definition 3: the head of a religious community such as a convent.
She confided her fears to the mother superior.