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Thursday, January 27, 2000

Definitions for supercilious

  1. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

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Citations for supercilious
In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly's supercilious blue and yellow eyes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D. H. Holmes department store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress. John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, 1980
Is it true that, from an appreciation of the lustre which would reflect back upon himself from allowing his son to become a decidedly fashionable young man, he had encouraged him in extravagance, dissipation, and heartless worldliness; he had brought him up to be supercilious, expensive, unprincipled, and useless. Anthony Trollope, The Kellys and the O'Kellys, 1848
Origin of supercilious
1520-1530
Supercilious is related to the Latin supercilium meaning "eyebrow." It’s been used in English since the 1500s.