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[ UK /sˌuːpəsˈɪlɪəs/ ]
[ US /ˌsupɝˈsɪɫiəs/ ]
  1. expressive of contempt
    spoke in a sneering jeering manner
    curled his lip in a supercilious smile
    makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one
  2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    haughty aristocrats
    walked with a prideful swagger
    some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines
    his lordly manners were offensive
    a more swaggering mood than usual
    very sniffy about breaches of etiquette
    his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air
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How To Use supercilious In A Sentence

  • 'I know no life that must be so delicious as that of a writer for newspapers, or a leading member of the opposition -- to thunder forth accusations against men in power; show up the worst side of every thing that is produced; to pick holes in every coat; to be indignant, sarcastic, jocose, moral, or supercilious; to damn with faint praise, or crush with open calumny! Lance Mannion:
  • The former live their lives within a rigid moralism and behavioral codes and have a supercilious social pretense.
  • I'm sorry, Nick, anyone but that insufferable, lying, supercilious, talentless, mediocre, tiny-minded creep Charlie Boy.
  • OK I've been known to drop ambivalent, but I have never said fulgent or supercilious! Amen to intellectualism!
  • It was a different man this time, but he had the same supercilious expression,
  • In contrast, a pedant is a supercilious show-off who drops references to Sophocles and masks his shallowness by using words like “fulgent” and “supercilious.” Archive 2008-11-01
  • His manner was often offensively supercilious, and then again modest and self - effacing, almost tremulous.
  • Her father always claimed he was a charlatan and quietly mocked Cotterell's supercilious air and ostentatious dress. A SHRINE OF MURDERS
  • She's also married to a supercilious English barrister.
  • The voice of the narrator is a somewhat supercilious one, observing and comparing the rites from the train window.
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