I adjective arrogant, assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, condescending, contemptuous, contumelious, derisive, dictatorial, disdainful, disrespectful, domineering, egotistic, fastidiosus, haughty, imperious, insolent, intolerant, irreverent, lofty, lordly, magisterial, overbearing, overweening, patronizing, peremptory, pompous, presumptuous, prideful, proud, puffed up, scornful, superbus, swollen, toplofty, uppish, uppity, vainglorious, withering II index cynical, disdainful, insolent, orgulous, presumptuous, proud (conceited)

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  • Supercilious — Su per*cil i*ous, a. [L. superciliosus, fr. supercilium an eyebrow, pride; super over, + cilium an eyelid; probably akin to celare to conceal. Cf. {Conceal}.] Lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing; arrogant; as, a supercilious… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supercilious — 1520s, from L. superciliosus haughty, arrogant, from supercilium haughty demeanor, pride, lit. eyebrow (via notion of raising the eyebrow to express haughtiness), from super above (see SUPER (Cf. super )) + cilium eyelid, related to celare to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • supercilious — disdainful, overbearing, arrogant, haughty, *proud, lordly, insolent Analogous words: vain, vainglorious (see under PRIDE): contemptuous, scornful (see corresponding nouns under DESPISE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • supercilious — [adj] arrogant, stuck up bossy, cavalier, cocky*, condescending, contemptuous, disdainful, egotistic, haughty, high andmighty*, imperious, insolent, lofty, nervy*, overbearing, patronizing, proud, putting on airs*, scornful, snobby, superior,… …   New thesaurus

  • supercilious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having an air of contemptuous superiority. DERIVATIVES superciliously adverb superciliousness noun. ORIGIN Latin superciliosus haughty , from supercilium eyebrow …   English terms dictionary

  • supercilious — [so͞o΄pərsil′ē əs] adj. [L superciliosus < supercilium, eyebrow, hence (with reference to facial expression with raised brows) haughtiness < super , above + cilium, eyelid (see CILIA)] disdainful or contemptuous; full of or characterized by …   English World dictionary

  • supercilious — [[t]su͟ːpə(r)sɪ̱liəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is supercilious, you disapprove of them because they behave in a way that shows they think they are better than other people. His manner is supercilious and arrogant...… …   English dictionary

  • supercilious — n. supercilious about * * * [ˌs(j)uːpə sɪlɪəs] supercilious about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • supercilious — su|per|cil|i|ous [ ,supər sıliəs ] adjective a supercilious person behaves as if they think they are better or more important than everyone else: a supercilious manner/smile/attitude ╾ su|per|cil|i|ous|ly adverb ╾ su|per|cil|i|ous|ness noun… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • supercilious — adjective behaving as if you think that other people are less important than you; haughty: She s got a supercilious way of speaking that makes me want to scream! | a supercilious smile superciliously adverb superciliousness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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