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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
inferior (adjective)
1.
situated lower down - lower
2.
a) of low or lower degree or rank
b) of poor quality - mediocre
3.
of little or less importance, value, or - merit always felt inferior to his older brother
4.
a) situated below another and especially another similar part of an upright body - superior
b) situated in a relatively low or position in a body - posterior ventral quadrupedal
c) (1) situated below another plant part or organ
(2) - abaxial
5.
relating to or being a subscript
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
inferior (adjective)
1.
situated lower down
SYNONIMS:
lower, nether
RELATED WORDS:
lowest, nethermost; underlying
NEAR ANTONYMS:
highest, uppermost; overhanging, overhead
higher, superior, upper
inferior (adjective)
2.
of little or less value or merit
SYNONIMS:
mean, minor, secondary, second-class, second-rate
RELATED WORDS:
junior, lesser, lower, low-level, petty, smaller, subordinate, under; average, common, fair, middling, ordinary; amiss, bad, defective, unsatisfactory, wrong; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable; littler, slighter, smaller; jerkwater, low-rent, one-horse, small-time, two-bit
NEAR ANTONYMS:
major, more, primary, senior; choice, exceptional, first-class, first-rate, high-grade, premium, prime, select, selected; acceptable, adequate, sufficient
greater, higher, superior
inferior (adjective)
3.
belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank
SYNONIMS:
baseborn, common, humble, inferior, low, lowborn, lower-class, low-life, lowly, lumpen, mean, plebeian, prole, proletarian, unwashed, vulgar
RELATED WORDS:
bourgeois, middle-class; plain, poor, simple, working-class; déclassé, down-market, downscale
NEAR ANTONYMS:
eminent, illustrious, notable, prominent
aristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, gentle, grand, great, high, highborn, highbred, lofty, noble, partrician, upper-class, upper-crust, wellborn
inferior (adjective)
4.
falling short of a standard
SYNONIMS:
bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy ( crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack, wanting, wretched, wrong
RELATED WORDS:
abysmal, atrocious, awful, bitchin' [], brutal, damnable, deplorable, detestable, disastrous, dreadful, execrable, gnarly [], horrendous, horrible, pathetic, stinky, sucky [], terrible, unspeakable; defective, faulty, flawed; egregious, flagrant, gross; bum, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy [], cut-rate, junky, lesser, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, reprehensible, rotten, rubbishy, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, trashy; abominable, odious, vile; useless, valueless, worthless; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, meager ( meagre), mean, miserly, niggardly, scanty, shabby, short, skimp, skimpy, spare, stingy; miscreant, scurrilous, villainous; counterfeit, fake, phony ( phoney), sham
NEAR ANTONYMS:
classic, classical; A1, bang-up, banner, boss [], capital, choice, crackerjack, dandy, divine, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-test, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous ( marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, perfect, premium, prime, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special, sufficient; average, borderline, fair, mediocre, middling, minimal, so-so, unexceptional; suitable, useful, worthy; gratifying, satisfying
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK ( okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable
inferior (adjective)
5.
having not so great importance or rank as another
SYNONIMS:
inferior, junior, less, lower, minor, smaller, subordinate
RELATED WORDS:
little, mean, small; minute, petty; jerkwater, one-horse, second-class, second-rate, two-bit; associate, auxiliary, secondary, subsidiary
NEAR ANTONYMS:
choice, exceptional, first-class, first-rate
greater, higher, major, more, primary, prime, senior, superior, superordinate
inferior (adjective)
6.
of low quality
SYNONIMS:
bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheapjack, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy, cut-rate, el cheapo, execrable, gimcrack, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, poor, rotten, rubbishy, schlock ( schlocky shlock shlocky), second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, terrible, trashy, trumpery, wretched
RELATED WORDS:
useless, valueless, worthless; indifferent, lackluster, second-class; brummagem, flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, kitsch, kitschy, meretricious, ostentatious, showy, splashy, swank ( swanky), tawdry; seedy, shabby, tacky; counterfeit, fake, phony ( phoney), sham; supercheap, ultracheap
NEAR ANTONYMS:
elegant, handsome, tasteful; handcrafted, polished, refined
excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, good, high-grade, superior, top-notch
inferior (noun)
one who is of lower rank and typically under the authority of another
SYNONIMS:
inferior, junior, subordinate
RELATED WORDS:
attendant, follower, retainer; domestic, menial, steward; flunky ( flunkey flunkie), henchman, lackey, minion; adjutant, aid, aide, assistant, coadjutor, deputy, second, second fiddle; helpmate, helpmeet, mate, sidekick
NEAR ANTONYMS:
boss, captain, chief, foreman, head, headman, helmsman, kingpin, leader, master, taskmaster
senior, superior
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