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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy;
- Example: "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"
- Example: "haughty aristocrats"
- Example: "his lordly manners were offensive"
- Example: "walked with a prideful swagger"
- Example: "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"
- Example: "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"
- Example: "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
[syn: disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering]

2. expressive of contempt;
- Example: "curled his lip in a supercilious smile"
- Example: "spoke in a sneering jeering manner"
- Example: "makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one"
[syn: supercilious, sneering, snide]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Supercilious \Su`per*cil"i*ous\, a. [L. superciliosus, fr. supercilium an eyebrow, pride; super over, + cilium an eyelid; probably akin to celare to conceal. Cf. Conceal.] Lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing; arrogant; as, a supercilious officer; asupercilious air; supercilious behavior. -- Su`per*cil"i*ous*ly, adv. -- Su`per*cil"i*ous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

supercilious adj 1: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer [syn: disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering] 2: expressive of contempt; "curled his lip in a supercilious smile"; "spoke in a sneering jeering manner"; "makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one" [syn: supercilious, sneering, snide]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "supercilious": arrogant, cavalier, clannish, cliquish, condescending, contemptuous, contumelious, disdainful, dismissive, exclusive, haughty, high and mighty, high-and-mighty, highfalutin, hoity-toity, insolent, la-di-da, lofty, lordly, overbearing, patronizing, pompous, pretentious, scornful, sneering, sniffy, snippy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, snuffy, stuck-up, stuffy, superior, toploftical, toplofty, uppish, uppity, withering