[ soo-per-sil-ee-uhs ]
/ ˌsu pərˈsɪl i əs /
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haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.
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Origin of supercilious
First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin superciliōsus; see supercilium, -ous
OTHER WORDS FROM supercilious
su·per·cil·i·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·cil·i·ous·ness, nounun·su·per·cil·i·ous, adjectiveun·su·per·cil·i·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use supercilious in a sentence
From those odd eyes of his, his countenance gathered an air of superciliousness tempered by a gentle melancholy.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini
It is on many accounts not only wicked, but foolish, to conduct yourselves with provoking superciliousness towards inferiors.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I|Francis Augustus Cox
Noted reed-drawers were they too, and looked round upon the other three with some superciliousness.Tess of the d'Urbervilles|Thomas Hardy
The superciliousness that lurked in her manner told Venn that thus far he had utterly failed.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
Want of punctuality seems to proceed either from pride and superciliousness, or from some infirmity, some weakness of character.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford|Edward Berens
British Dictionary definitions for supercilious
/ (ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəs) /
displaying arrogant pride, scorn, or indifference
Derived forms of supercilioussuperciliously, adverbsuperciliousness, noun
Word Origin for supercilious
C16: from Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium eyebrow; see superciliary
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