inferiority complex
noun Date: 1922 1. an acute sense of personal inferiority often resulting either in timidity or through overcompensation in exaggerated aggressiveness 2. a collective sense of cultural, regional, or national inferiority

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  • inferiority complex — noun a sense of personal inferiority arising from conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑complex * * * noun, pl ⋯ plexes [count] : a belief that you are less worthy or important than… …   Useful english dictionary

  • inferiority complex — 1. Psychiatry. intense feeling of inferiority, producing a personality characterized either by extreme reticence or, as a result of overcompensation, by extreme aggressiveness. 2. lack of self esteem; feeling of inadequacy; lack of self… …   Universalium

  • inferiority complex — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms inferiority complex : singular inferiority complex plural inferiority complexes a strong feeling that you are not as good, important, or intelligent as other people …   English dictionary

  • inferiority complex — 1) an unconscious and extreme exaggeration of feelings of insignificance or inferiority, which is shown by behaviour that is defensive or compensatory (such as aggression). 2) (in psychoanalysis) a complex said to result from the conflict between …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • inferiority complex — /ɪnfɪəriˈɒrəti ˌkɒmplɛks / (say infearree oruhtee .kompleks) noun 1. Psychiatry a complex arising from intense feelings of inferiority, and resulting in either extreme reticence or aggressiveness due to overcompensation. 2. a feeling of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • inferiority complex — noun a sense of inferiority; the feeling that one is inferior to others in certain aspects …   Wiktionary

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