Definition of supercilious in English:


Syllabification: su·per·cil·i·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opərˈsilēəs


Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others: a supercilious lady’s maid
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  • It's all beautifully acted, but I didn't care about Susan and John and their tremulous relationship, laden with supercilious, middlebrow significance.
  • Yeah, I kinda get irritated with people that seem supercilious about not having a TV.
  • It is a fellow wine-lover who enthusiastically wants you to try something they have found, rather than a supercilious guardian of stuffy good taste.


early 16th century: from Latin superciliosus 'haughty', from supercilium 'eyebrow'.



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  • I just pursed my lips and smiled superciliously ahead, hoping my contempt would irritate him further.
  • He looked at me skeptically and asked rather superciliously me if I had ever bartended.
  • He turned to glance at me and then superciliously smiled.


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  • Men want to take the joy out of wine, and replace it with snobbery, superciliousness, and another opportunity for sexism.
  • That, together with the superciliousness of his manner, turned him into an ‘authority’ even though he hadn't entered, much less lived in, the Arab world in decades.
  • The superciliousness of the educated knows no end, and may even betray a final anxiety.

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