As said above.

What are some words to describe someone who always thinks that everyone else is acting as if they are superior.

An example of the type of person I'm talking about would be Frank Costanza from the TV show Seinfeld.


I first read this as "What's a synonym for someone with an inferiority complex?" The link below has 34 synonyms and none of them describe Frank Costanza. I think that's because Frank comes across as strong and aggressive, whereas people with inferiority complexes are seen as more passive.


Frank seems to have a "superiority complex" (possibly due to an inferiority complex). I bet there's a word for his type in Yiddish.

How about: lofty, condescending, or disdainful? Also Frank exhibits "hauteur".


I've never watched the TV show, but it sounds like he has an inferiority complex, or that he is slightly paranoid.

inferiority complex noun [ C ]​

a feeling that you are not as good, as intelligent, as attractive, etc. as other people:

  • He's always had an inferiority complex about his height.

paranoid adjective

feeling extremely nervous and worried because you believe that other people do not like you or are trying to harm you:

  • He started feeling paranoid and was convinced his boss was going to fire him.

Cambridge Dictionary

  • +1 "inferiority complex" is exactly what first came to mind. – Centaurus Jan 2 '17 at 15:41
  • Not sure if inferiority complex fits the nuance of what the OP means, e.g. comparing the sentiments "That guy is great, I could never match up to him", versus "I hate that guy, he thinks he's so great". – anotherdave Jan 10 '17 at 10:26

I am not familiar with the television show. It is interesting to me that your title does not match well with your question.

"Someone who thinks everyone is supercilious" is someone who thinks others are haughty, disdainful, or contemptuous. It is not just that others are acting as if they were superior, but that these others are actively demeaning or contemning those around them.

"Supercilious" means to raise the eyebrows. That is the facial expression that accompanies the attitude of "You are saying something stupid."

from Dictionary.com: "Supercilious" adjective 1. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

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