inferiority


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inferiority

[in‚fir·ē′är·əd·ē]
(medicine)
An organic or psychic state or condition of being inferior or less adequate.
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he, for the first time, perceived its inferiority compared with that of Fouquet.
The whole machinery of slavery was so constructed as to cause labour, as a rule, to be looked upon as a badge of degradation, of inferiority.
But she was far from visiting their inferiority upon the younger generation.
I tried hard enough to like everything in him, for I had already learned enough to know that I ought to like him, and that if I did not, it was a proof of intellectual and moral inferiority in me.
It had become a touching incident to me, and I remember how we there and then agreed upon a compromise: she was to read the enticing thing just to convince herself of its inferiority.
He felt that it would be inappropriate and a confession of inferiority on his part - which would never do if he was to win to her.
But it must often have happened that a new species belonging to some one group will have seized on the place occupied by a species belonging to a distinct group, and thus caused its extermination; and if many allied forms be developed from the successful intruder, many will have to yield their places; and it will generally be allied forms, which will suffer from some inherited inferiority in common.
Evidently this daughter of the Cavaliers met a rude disillusionment in Milton's Puritan household and in his Old Testament theory of woman's inferiority and of a wife's duty of strict subjection to her husband; a few weeks after the marriage she fled to her family and refused to return.
In the end he would release Taug, but not until Taug was fully acquainted with his own inferiority.
He knew that he was poor, and would admit it: he would have died sooner than confess any inferiority to the rich.
Bazzard would have a sense of my inferiority to himself under any circumstances; but when I am his master, you know, the case is greatly aggravated.
This inferiority of some to others is sufficiently accounted for in the history of the origin and descent of these fables.