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inferior

(Lower in position), adjective accessory, deterior, governed by, in the power of, insignificant, junior, less powerful, lesser, lower, lower in authority, lower in rank, lower in the scale, lowly, menial, minor, of less immortance, puisne, reduced, secondary, subaltern, subject, subjugated to, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary, under, unimportant
Associated concepts: inferior courts

inferior

(Lower in quality), adjective adulterated, amateurish, awful, bad, badly made, base, below, below par, blemished, bush, bush-league, cheap, contemptible, crude, damaged, defective, deficient, displeasing, faulty, flimsy, imperfect, inadequate, incompetent, indifferent, inferior grade, inferior to, insignificant, insipid, junior, less than, less valuable, lesser, lousy, low, low-grade, lower, lower than, lowly, malformed, mediocre, menial, middling, minor, miserable, not as good as, not the quality of, not up to par, paltry, passable, pedestrian, petty, poor, rank, second-class, second-rate, servile, shabby, shoddy, slipshod, subordinate, subordinate to, subservient, subsidiary, substandard, trashy, unacceptable, undesirable, unsatisfactory
Associated concepts: in bankruptcy, inferior bargaining position, inferior position, inferior products, inferior quallty, inferior services
See also: deficient, faulty, ignoble, imperfect, inadequate, insignificant, mediocre, minor, null, pedestrian, poor, secondary, slight, subaltern, subordinate, subservient, trivial, unsatisfactory, unworthy

INFERIOR. One who in relation to another has less power and is below him; one who is bound to obey another. He who makes the law is the superior; he who is bound to obey it, the inferior. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 8.

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This sense of dignity could hardly be considered excessive in a man who had been butler to "the family" for fifteen years, and who, in his present high position, was necessarily very much in contact with his inferiors.
A look of severity, or harshness even, a sort of stiffness, which, with inferiors, was pride, with superiors an affectation of superior virtue; a surly cast of countenance upon all occasions, even when looking at himself in a glass alone -- such is the exterior of this personage.
He was very genial with his inferiors, and would have his lawyer and his architect staying in his house for all sorts of holidays and amusements.
Take the word of an old woman, Miss Lucy: you will never repent of a little civility to your inferiors.
Catherine could have raved at the hand which had swept away what must have been beyond the value of all the rest, for the purposes of mere domestic economy; and would willingly have been spared the mortification of a walk through scenes so fallen, had the general allowed it; but if he had a vanity, it was in the arrangement of his offices; and as he was convinced that, to a mind like Miss Morland's, a view of the accommodations and comforts, by which the labours of her inferiors were softened, must always be gratifying, he should make no apology for leading her on.
He accounted them immeasurably his inferiors, and it was this feeling which caused his special amiability and delightful ease and grace towards them.
Monsieur," replied the king, "you still believe that you are living in an age when kings were, as you complain of having been, under the orders and at the discretion of their inferiors.
Bert Smallways' grandfather, in the days when Bun Hill was a village under the sway of Sir Peter Bone's parent, had "known his place" to the uttermost farthing, touched his hat to his betters, despised and condescended to his inferiors, and hadn't changed an idea from the cradle to the grave.
I generally had more satisfaction in going alone than with either of the young ladies; for they, chiefly owing to their defective education, comported themselves towards their inferiors in a manner that was highly disagreeable for me to witness.
He had given his whole estate to his sister and did not regret it, he had no personal claims, humility towards his inferiors was not merely easy for him but afforded him pleasure.
From these general signs you will readily discern a family man, harassed by vexations in his own household, worried by annoyances at the ministry, yet philosopher enough to take life as he found it; an honest man, loving his country and serving it, not concealing from himself the obstacles in the way of those who seek to do right; prudent, because he knew men; exquisitely courteous with women, of whom he asked nothing,--a man full of acquirements, affable with his inferiors, holding his equals at great distance, and dignified towards his superiors.
They looked upon the whites as their inferiors, and treated us accordingly.