supercilious

  • 1 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

  • 2 supercilious — I adjective arrogant, assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, condescending, contemptuous, contumelious, derisive, dictatorial, disdainful, disrespectful, domineering, egotistic, fastidiosus, haughty, imperious, insolent, intolerant, irreverent, lofty,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

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

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 supercilious — UK [ˌsuːpə(r)ˈsɪlɪəs] / US [ˌsupərˈsɪlɪəs] adjective a supercilious person behaves as if they think they are better or more important than everyone else a supercilious manner/smile/attitude Derived words: superciliously adverb superciliousness… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 supercilious — adjective Etymology: Latin superciliosus, from supercilium eyebrow, haughtiness, from super + cilium eyelid (akin to celare to hide) more at hell Date: 1614 coolly and patronizingly haughty < reacted to their breach of etiquette with a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 supercilious — adjective /ˌsuː.pə(ɹ)ˈsɪ.li.əs,ˌsjuː.pə(ɹ)ˈsɪ.li.əs,ˌsuːpɚˈsɪliəs/ Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty. :: Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. F. Scott… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 supercilious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. disdainful, contemptuous, scornful; arrogant, cavalier. See insolence, contempt. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. disdainful, haughty, contemptuous; see egotistic 2 , proud 2 , scornful 1 . See Synonym… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 supercilious — su|per|cil|i|ous [ˌsu:pəˈsıliəs US pər ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: superciliosus, from supercilium eyebrow, proud and unfriendly behavior ] behaving as if you think that other people are less important than you used to show… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 supercilious — [16] The etymological notion underlying supercilious is of raising the ‘eyebrows’ as a sign of haughty disdain. It comes from Latin superciliōsus, a derivative of supercilium ‘eyebrow’, hence ‘haughtiness’. This was a compound noun formed from… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 supercilious — adjective a supercilious young clerk Syn: arrogant, haughty, conceited, disdainful, overbearing, pompous, condescending, superior, patronizing, imperious, proud, snobbish, snobby, smug, scornful, sneering; informal hoity toity, high and mighty …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 supercilious — [16] The etymological notion underlying supercilious is of raising the ‘eyebrows’ as a sign of haughty disdain. It comes from Latin superciliōsus, a derivative of supercilium ‘eyebrow’, hence ‘haughtiness’. This was a compound noun formed from… …

    Word origins

  • 20 supercilious — superciliously, adv. superciliousness, n. /sooh peuhr sil ee euhs/, adj. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression. [1520 30; < L superciliosus. See SUPERCILIUM, OUS] Syn. arrogant, scornful. Ant. humble. * * * …

    Universalium


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