Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations Section III. Quantity
2. Comparative Quantity
Quantity by Comparison with a Similar Object
NOUN: INFERIORITY, minority, subordinacy [ obs.], subordinance [ obs.]; shortcoming, deficiency; minimum; smallness [See Smallness]; imperfection; subjacency [ rare]; lower quality, lower worth; meanness, poorness, baseness, shabbiness.
[P ERSONAL INFERIORITY] commonalty [See Commonalty]; juniority, subordinacy; subaltern, sub [ colloq.].
VERB: BE INFERIOR &c. adj.; fall short of, come short of; not pass, not come up to; want.
become smaller, render smaller &c. ( decrease), 36, ( contract) [See Contraction]; hide its diminished head, retire into the shade, yield the palm, play second fiddle, take a back seat [ colloq.], kick the beam.
ADJECTIVE: INFERIOR, deterior [ rare], smaller; small [See Smallness]; minor, less, lesser, deficient, minus, lower, subordinate, secondary, junior, humble; second-rate ( imperfect) [See Imperfection]; sub-, subaltern.
LEAST, smallest &c. ( see little, small [See Littleness]); lowest.
DIMINISHED ( decreased) [See Nonincrease, Decrease]; reduced ( contracted) [See Contraction]; unimportant [See Unimportance].
ADVERB: LESS; under the mark, below the mark, under par, below par; at the bottom of the scale, at a low ebb, at a disadvantage; short of, under.
QUOTATIONS: Weighed in the balance and found wanting.
Not fit to hold a candle to.
Thrown into the shade.