Definition of supercilious in English:



  • Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.

    ‘a supercilious lady's maid’
    • ‘The voice of the narrator is a somewhat supercilious one, observing and comparing the rites from the train window.’
    • ‘So of course Karen and the other girls have been acting normal and even maybe a bit more supercilious at school, spreading rumors about Rebecca.’
    • ‘Yeah, I kinda get irritated with people that seem supercilious about not having a TV.’
    • ‘It's all beautifully acted, but I didn't care about Susan and John and their tremulous relationship, laden with supercilious, middlebrow significance.’
    • ‘In addition, he simply disliked her supercilious nature.’
    • ‘She's also married to a supercilious English barrister.’
    • ‘And getting a reporter to print it without immediately following it with something supercilious is an even more awe-inspiring talent.’
    • ‘Darcy, though attracted to the next sister, the lively and spirited Elizabeth, greatly offends her by his supercilious behaviour at a ball.’
    • ‘He is dressed in a sleeveless sweater, striped shirt and tie, and gives the impression of being supercilious, humorless and disengaged.’
    • ‘He unfolded the step-ladder, silently with a supercilious gesture of his hand declined my request to help him, and climbed right up to the roof.’
    • ‘It's awfully supercilious when it should be just silly.’
    • ‘She in turn can no longer stand what she calls ‘his supercilious smirk.’’
    • ‘It is a fellow wine-lover who enthusiastically wants you to try something they have found, rather than a supercilious guardian of stuffy good taste.’
    • ‘It was a different man this time, but he had the same supercilious expression,’
    arrogant, haughty, conceited, disdainful, overbearing, pompous, condescending, superior, patronizing, imperious, proud, lofty, lordly, snobbish, snobby, overweening, smug
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Early 16th century: from Latin superciliosus ‘haughty’, from supercilium ‘eyebrow’.