[ soo-per-sil-ee-uhs ]
/ ˌsu pərˈsɪl i əs /


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


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Origin of supercilious

From the Latin word superciliōsus, dating back to 1520–30. See supercilium, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for supercilious

/ (ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəs) /


displaying arrogant pride, scorn, or indifference

Derived forms of supercilious

superciliously, adverbsuperciliousness, noun

Word Origin for supercilious

C16: from Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium eyebrow; see superciliary
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