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su·pe·ri·or·i·ty com·plex

term sometimes given to the compensatory behavior, for example, aggressiveness, self-assertion, associated with inferiority complex.

superiority complex

n.
1. An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others.
2. A psychological defense mechanism in which feelings of superiority counter or conceal feelings of inferiority.

superiority complex

Psychiatry A popular term for a constellation of behaviors–eg, aggressiveness, assertiveness, self-aggrandization, etc, which may represent overcompensation for a deep-rooted sense of inadequacy. Cf Inferiority complex.

su·pe·ri·or·i·ty com·plex

(sū-pēr'ē-ōr'i-tē kom'pleks)
Term sometimes given to the compensatory behavior, e.g., aggressiveness, self-assertion, associated with an inferiority complex.

superiority complex

An unrealistically exaggerated belief in one's own merits. Alfred Adler (1870–1937, Austrian psychologist) suggested that in some people a superiority complex is a response to feelings of inferiority.
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This film was not meant to be a gigantic social commentary, but it was trying to show someone - especially at Joan Plowright's character's age - with an arrogance and a superiority complex and a right to privilege that she just assumes.
Yes, provided the Indian government sheds its superiority complex, deals with Pakistan on an equal footing and fully appreciates reality,'' Musharraf quoted Jinnah as having said.
The theater, particularly Broadway, has a strange, defensive superiority complex -- a moral superiority complex to the movies," Hytner argues.
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The superiority complex implied by such a phrase was, it has to be said, based mainly upon the perception which the French had of themselves as a highly cultured people in an artistic or literary sense.
All from kind, compassionate people who love animals, but love belonging to a smug, vicious movement, with a superiority complex, even more.
Perhaps a natural extension of a superiority complex is the compulsion to display a perfect image to reinforce notions of superiority.
Even more so when the opposition are pampered Premier League aristocrats with delusions of grandeur and a superiority complex so rapacious they can't see the evidence before their own eyes.
And he reckons that's why tonight's Auld Enemy clash means more to the Scots, who will step out at Parkhead tonight intent on blowing apart England's superiority complex.
He said PTI chief has disappointed the nation with his egoistic behaviour and superiority complex.
The Triple Package' comprises: an innate superiority complex ( the Chinese are a great civilisation, the Jews are the ' chosen' people); a sense of insecurity ( I am better than them, so I have to do better than them, prove it to them); and impulse control ( I will wait and get a bigger reward and true confirmation of my abilities rather than quick gratification).
Whether that is just an overflow of a Russian superiority complex or whether it reflects real errors on the part of the Iranian technicians is not known.