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Definition 1: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where supercilious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for supercilious in the sense of this definition

(supercilious is similar to ...) feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

"proud parents" "a proud moment" "proud to serve his country" "a proud name" "proud princes"

Definition 2: expressive of contempt - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where supercilious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • curled his lip in a supercilious smile
  • spoke in a sneering jeering manner
  • makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one

Synonyms for supercilious in the sense of this definition

(supercilious is similar to ...) tending to (or intended to) detract or disparage

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