Translation of superior in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /sʊˈpɪriər; suːˈpɪəriə(r)/


  • 1 1.1 (better) to be superior (to sth/sb) ser* superior (a algo/algn), ser* mejor (que algo/algn) the sound is definitely superior el sonido es decididamente superior or mejor our cars are superior in design to theirs nuestros coches superan a los suyos en el diseño
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    • Ask for a box rim flushing system over a standard rim flush for superior performance in a close coupled unit.
    • A lot of companies are interested in investing in Ireland - they have superior building systems and can provide a superior standard of service.
    • Krahling buys directly from a number of growers, each selected for the superior quality of his or her product.
    1.2 (above average) [workmanship/writer] de gran calidad they sell only superior quality goods solo venden productos de primera calidad
  • 2 (arrogant) [tone/smile] de superioridad or suficiencia she said it in a superior way lo dijo con tono de superioridad or de suficiencia he's so superior se da unos aires de superioridad
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    • If you were a member, or aspiring member, of the latter group, you looked with superior amusement at the awkward wretches who were building a more curious identity with the help of drug culture.
    • People who try to pretend they're superior make it so much harder for those of us who really are.
    • He is equal parts superior, insecure, vain, snobbish, and fearful.
  • 3 (higher in rank, status) his superior officer su superior leave it to someone superior to you déjaselo a alguno de tus superiores
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    • They were certainly physically superior to me.
    • And sometimes, US drama is superior to the UK equivalent.
    • Determining which is the superior choice for residential applications depends on whom you ask.
  • 4 (in amount, number) given their superior numbers, we cannot win dada su superioridad numérica, no podemos ganar
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    • Now the subjects can be brought to fear not only the ruler's superior force, but also his supernatural powers.
    • Colonial conquest was not only the result of the power of superior arms and military organisation, but sustained and strengthened as much by the cultural technologies of rule.
    • Yet DeGaulle and a small group of partisans went underground and refused to accept the superior power of the German army.
  • 5 (above) [formal] to be superior to sth estar* por encima de algo
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    • The upper horns (or superior cornua) meet the back of the hyoid bone, while the inferior cornua are attached to the side of the cricoid, forming a pivotal joint.


  • 1.1 (in rank, position) superior (masculine) she's my superior (ella) es mi superior 1.2 (in ability) she has few superiors pocos la superan she is his superior as a poet es mejor poeta que él 1.3 [Religion/Religión] superior, (masculine, feminine) Father Superior Padre (masculine) Superior Mother Superior Madre (feminine) Superiora

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.