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snobbery

[snob-uh-ree] /ˈsnɒb ə ri/
noun, plural snobberies.
1.
snobbish character, conduct, trait, or act.
Origin of snobbery
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; snob + -ery
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  • "Oh, I have no snobbery myself about working with my hands," added he, hastily.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The one chink in this shrewd fellow's armor was his snobbery.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • snobbery is peculiar to no country—it appears to be universal.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • They implied only the bad taste of snobbery which is the absence of all real taste.

  • Dunwood House reeks of commerce and snobbery and all the things he hated most.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
Word Origin and History for snobbery
n.

"the class of snobs," 1833, from snob + -ery. Meaning "snobbishness" is from 1843.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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