Definition of supercilious in English:

supercilious

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

Derivatives

superciliously

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

superciliousness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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