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ASL signs for SUPERIOR
There are a few signs that convey subtle meanings.
Definition: higher in rank, status, or quality; higher, better, or more important than another.
Pronunciation (sign description): Two bent whole hands are held apart in space in front of the signer with palms facing each other. The dominant hand moves one step above the non-dominant in a small semi-circle motion.
Usage examples: This sign is not solely referred to 'superior'. It has multiple meanings in its breadth of use. For example, something is "higher than the other", "overcome by a superior opponent by two points".
Related signs: TOP-NOTCH, BEST, HIGHER,
Pronunciation (sign description) 2: Same as above, except for the handshape which is the "10" handshape.
Usage examples: "superior officer", "higher in rank".
Related signs: SENIOR.
Non-manual signal (NMS): A change in facial expression (e.g. "th" mouthing) may change the meaning to as: having or showing an overly high opinion of oneself.
Related signs: CONDESCENDING, SNOBBISH.
This clip shows George Veditz signing the concept in 1913.
George Veditz signing in his 1913 film, "The Preservation of American Sign Language" by the National Association of the Deaf.