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Synonyms for inferior
ɪnˈfɪər i ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inferior(noun)

    one of lesser rank or station or quality


    higher-up, superior, superordinate, splendid, arch, A-one, well-made, topnotch, quality, superb, surpassing, super, high-performance, premium, fantabulous, top-flight, prime(a), upper, spiffing, choice, sterling(a), ace, top(a), transcendent, crack, pucka, outstanding, top-hole, gilt-edged, brilliant, standard, olympian, tiptop, banner, condescending, shining, boss, first-rate, excellent, capital, weapons-grade, side(a), pukka, patronising, top-notch, leading(a), high-level, brag, topping, blue-ribbon(a), superlative, majestic, high, select, supreme, greatest, upper-level, prize, tops(p), patronizing, preeminent, high-ranking, first-class, eminent

  2. subscript, inferior(adj)

    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character


    superior, higher-up, superordinate, brag, outstanding, superb, ace, high-level, pukka, top(a), A-one, quality, upper, top-notch, choice, standard, top-flight, high-ranking, arch, blue-ribbon(a), olympian, first-class, prize, preeminent, supreme, prime(a), superlative, pucka, spiffing, gilt-edged, capital, well-made, super, topnotch, upper-level, topping, top-hole, sterling(a), crack, majestic, condescending, brilliant, splendid, tops(p), select, patronizing, first-rate, eminent, high-performance, patronising, surpassing, leading(a), excellent, fantabulous, weapons-grade, side(a), high, premium, transcendent, boss, banner, tiptop, greatest, shining

  3. inferior(adj)

    of or characteristic of low rank or importance

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superordinate, higher-up, superior, select, banner, superlative, patronizing, high, capital, surpassing, high-performance, boss, tops(p), weapons-grade, well-made, premium, olympian, shining, excellent, top-hole, high-level, choice, brag, patronising, first-class, arch, fantabulous, ace, superb, standard, topnotch, blue-ribbon(a), splendid, brilliant, outstanding, quality, prize, spiffing, preeminent, crack, top(a), top-flight, side(a), topping, sterling(a), upper-level, first-rate, transcendent, majestic, eminent, leading(a), tiptop, condescending, high-ranking, A-one, pukka, supreme, top-notch, pucka, super, upper, gilt-edged, greatest, prime(a)

  4. inferior(adj)

    of low or inferior quality

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superior, higher-up, superordinate, preeminent, first-class, prize, quality, outstanding, excellent, transcendent, tops(p), patronizing, tiptop, arch, top-flight, greatest, gilt-edged, standard, patronising, capital, olympian, well-made, top-hole, pucka, side(a), select, banner, brilliant, high-ranking, fantabulous, premium, brag, supreme, high, ace, majestic, topping, first-rate, weapons-grade, prime(a), leading(a), condescending, surpassing, crack, pukka, top(a), upper-level, splendid, high-performance, sterling(a), high-level, A-one, eminent, superlative, superb, choice, upper, topnotch, spiffing, blue-ribbon(a), shining, top-notch, boss, super

  5. subscript, inferior(adj)

    written or printed below and to one side of another character

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superior, higher-up, superordinate, first-rate, top-flight, weapons-grade, upper, select, top(a), top-notch, super, splendid, superb, tiptop, topping, choice, patronizing, surpassing, superlative, prize, banner, standard, blue-ribbon(a), supreme, brag, olympian, sterling(a), fantabulous, upper-level, excellent, quality, A-one, condescending, preeminent, tops(p), arch, capital, high-performance, well-made, outstanding, greatest, majestic, first-class, gilt-edged, prime(a), patronising, high-ranking, topnotch, side(a), leading(a), transcendent, pucka, top-hole, shining, brilliant, pukka, eminent, spiffing, boss, high, premium, crack, high-level, ace

  6. inferior(adj)

    having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit

    "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    higher-up, superior, superordinate, tops(p), transcendent, banner, superb, supreme, topnotch, upper, top-flight, standard, first-class, high-performance, outstanding, greatest, pucka, tiptop, quality, brag, select, spiffing, top-notch, topping, leading(a), superlative, high-ranking, premium, capital, eminent, weapons-grade, excellent, crack, blue-ribbon(a), splendid, olympian, choice, sterling(a), ace, prize, majestic, brilliant, shining, fantabulous, preeminent, pukka, side(a), condescending, upper-level, gilt-edged, arch, surpassing, prime(a), high, boss, high-level, well-made, super, A-one, first-rate, top(a), patronising, patronizing, top-hole

  7. inferior(adj)

    lower than a given reference point

    "inferior alveolar artery"

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superior, higher-up, superordinate, A-one, shining, patronizing, pukka, select, superb, boss, splendid, gilt-edged, spiffing, superlative, leading(a), side(a), patronising, quality, top-flight, olympian, first-rate, transcendent, standard, top-hole, prime(a), capital, upper-level, upper, prize, super, brilliant, fantabulous, high-performance, topping, crack, excellent, blue-ribbon(a), well-made, premium, tiptop, supreme, surpassing, majestic, high, top-notch, preeminent, outstanding, sterling(a), eminent, condescending, pucka, high-ranking, banner, brag, arch, topnotch, greatest, ace, top(a), choice, first-class, high-level, tops(p), weapons-grade

  8. deficient, inferior, substandard(adj)

    falling short of some prescribed norm

    "substandard housing"

    insufficient, subscript, lacking(p), deficient, wanting(p), substandard

    superordinate, superior, higher-up, majestic, splendid, excellent, choice, upper-level, well-made, crack, fantabulous, ace, tops(p), arch, A-one, topnotch, preeminent, super, transcendent, pukka, eminent, first-rate, banner, top(a), brag, sterling(a), select, greatest, topping, superlative, surpassing, weapons-grade, supreme, blue-ribbon(a), capital, top-notch, boss, brilliant, spiffing, first-class, tiptop, high-level, top-hole, olympian, leading(a), high, quality, condescending, top-flight, prime(a), gilt-edged, pucka, high-performance, outstanding, side(a), high-ranking, premium, superb, patronising, patronizing, upper, shining, prize, standard


  1. inferior(noun)


  2. inferior(adjective)

    of lower quality

    Anna had always felt inferior to her brother due to poor school grades.


  3. inferior(adjective)


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inferior(a.)


  2. inferior(a.)

    subordinate, secondary

  3. inferior(a.)

    poor, indifferent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. inferior(a)

    poorer, lower, subordinate, menial, minor, mediocre, subaltern

  2. inferior(n)


    peer, equal, superior

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "inferior":

    lower, bottom, shoddy, below, substandard, low-grade, semi-precious

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  1. John Kennedy, Autobiography of malcolm x:

    Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of our racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.

  2. Melanie Gaydos:

    A lot of people treat me differently, as though I was mentally challenged or inferior to them. In reality ectodermal dysplasia is a physical condition.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Inferiority complex or mediocrity is a matter of choice. Oh! yes, no one can persuade you to feel inferior. Moreover, no one can dare to make you a mediocre without your acceptance. Yes! but come to think of that biblically. You should not accept inferiority complex or mediocrity as your fate. Because, you are one of a kind, scripture reference (Psalms 139:14). That is to say, you are a unique and uncommon creation QED. -Emeasoba George

  4. H. L. Mencken:

    The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.

  5. Perry Brass:

    Realize the complicated specials of what we call the “inferiority complex.” In other words, what, Miss Thing, is so damn special about you to make you feel so specially inferior to any other jerk?

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