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Word : Supercilious

A smiley with raised eyebrow


Word : SUPERCILIOUS (adj.)

Pronunciation : supercilious (ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəs)

Breakup : SUPER + CILIUM (Super means above & Cilium (Latin means) Eyelid. Above eyelid is the eyebrow)

Meaning : Haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a look.



Haughty, Imperious, Prideful, Sniffy

Swaggering, Disdainful, Lordly, Overbearing

Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

Sentences & News:

1. The supercilious woman demands special treatment for being pretty.

2. You look down on people with your supercilious attitude.

3. It's strange how Trisha is humble and modest with me but snotty and supercilious towards her coworkers.

4. Steinitz called Lapid “supercilious and arrogant,” in an interview on Channel 2's Meet the Press that aired Saturday evening.

5. Lawyer who alleged ‘supercilious’ opponent had a judge in his pocket fights recommended suspension.

  Origin & History:

 Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium, eyebrow, pride : super-, super- + cilium, lower eyelid; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots




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