But there is something profoundly alienating in his unsympathetic tone, his "preciousness" and superciliousness.
I acknowledged that if any superciliousness existed in Mizora while I was there, I must have had it.
The hay-trusser, which he obviously was, nodded with some superciliousness.
Then his superciliousness would, if not vanish, at least subside.
Though welcomed by the peer, they showed no signs of superciliousness when they found themselves cheek-by-jowl with the pauper.
He who does not conform to courtesy, mostly pays the penalty of his superciliousness.
It is at root a resistance to the superciliousness of the individual.
There is nothing like the insolence and the superciliousness of people of that class.
Arthur recognized it by its airs, its superciliousness, and several other bad qualities.
superciliousness, in youth or maturity, is a sign of weakness.
1520s, from Latin superciliosus "haughty, arrogant," from supercilium "haughty demeanor, pride," literally "eyebrow" (via notion of raising the eyebrow to express haughtiness), from super "above" (see super-) + second element akin to cilium "eyelid," related to celare "to cover, hide," from PIE root *kel- "to conceal" (see cell).
Since cilium is more recent than supercilium, the former can be interpreted as a back-formation to the latter .... If indeed derived from the root *kel- 'to hide', we must still assume that a noun *kilium 'eyelid' existed, since the eyelid can 'hide' the eye, whereas the eyebrow does not have such a function. Thus, supercilium may originally have meant 'what is above the cilium'. [Michiel de Vaan, "Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages," Leiden, 2008]