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    one word (sounds like Ferority)

    I have a question about a word, I was making a transcript, but didn't get the right spelling / meaning of one word. Ferority of fearority... maybe with a "V". I think it has something to do with "fear".

    This is the sentence:
    "And social structures which create relationships based on inequality and ferority are inflicted with the greatest deal of social pain and neuroses".

    All help is welcome...

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    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    Quote Originally Posted by heartshine View Post
    I have a question about a word, I was making a transcript, but didn't get the right spelling / meaning of one word. Ferority of fearority... maybe with a "V". I think it has something to do with "fear".

    This is the sentence:
    "And social structures which create relationships based on inequality and ferority are inflicted with the greatest deal of social pain and neuroses".

    All help is welcome...

    Thanks
    I imagine the word is INFERIORITY - the noun which comes from the adjective inferior. This would fit with the rest of the sentence, as there are parts of the world where "inequality and inferiority" are closely linked in society.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Apr-2010 at 11:48. Reason: Extra info.

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    #3

    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    *not a teacher*

    'Ferocity', maybe?

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    #4

    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    Word with a 'v' and goes with inequality - favoritism?

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    #5

    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    I agree that "inferiority" makes complete sense.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    "And social structures which create relationships based on inequality and inferiority are inflicted with the greatest deal of social pain and neuroses".
    How do you 'create relationships based on inferiority'?

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    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    How do you 'create relationships based on inferiority'?
    Quite easily, in a hierarchical society.

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    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Quite easily, in a hierarchical society.

    Hierarchy based on inferiority? Why talk about inferiority and not superiority?
    Superiority or inferiority in what respect? Social status? Wealth? Intelligence?
    It's too general don't you think?

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    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Hierarchy based on inferiority? Why talk about inferiority and not superiority?
    Superiority or inferiority in what respect? Social status? Wealth? Intelligence?
    It's too general don't you think?
    "And social structures which create relationships based on inequality and inferiority are inflicted with the greatest deal of social pain and neuroses".
    If you read the OP's sentence, with the word "inferiority", you can see it is saying that social structures based on inequality and inferiority are inflicted with social pain and neuroses. This seems quite logical to me, it is true, however, that it could be better written.

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    #10

    Re: one word (sounds like Ferority)

    I think it is inferiority. I've read many novels which are based on this idea you've mentioned. So I guess the word is inferiority.

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