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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: 'lower', from inferus 'below'

inferior

1 adjective
     
in‧fe‧ri‧or1
1 not good, or not as good as someone or something else [≠ superior]:
I felt very inferior among all those academics.
wine of inferior quality
inferior goods
inferior to
I always felt slightly inferior to her.
Their performance was inferior to that of other teams.
! Do not say 'inferior than' something. Say inferior to something.
2 formal lower in rank [≠ superior]:
an inferior court of law
He refused to accept a job of inferior status.
WORD FOCUS: bad WORD FOCUS: bad
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous

bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre

of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal

bad at doing something: be no good at something

very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent

morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate


See also
bad

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