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superciliousness

Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being supercilious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being supercilious; haughtiness; an overbearing temper or manner.
  • n. Synonyms Pride, Presumption, etc. See arrogance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior

Etymologies

From supercilious +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Consequently they endure society at home, with a smile, and a shrug, and a graceful superciliousness, which is very engaging.

    The Potiphar Papers

  • Persons of taste, like the princess, are especially distinguished for their manner of listening, for an affability without superciliousness, which is to politeness what practice is to virtue.

    Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan

  • It was agreeable to get again among the uncontaminated, and to see the natives look at us without that air of superciliousness which is so unpleasant and common in the beaten track.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • a graceful superciliousness, which is very engaging.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)

  • Not knowledge but the superciliousness which is the result of the conceit of knowledge hinders from God, and is one of the strongest fortresses against which the weapons of our warfare have to be employed.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Second Corinthians, Galatians, and Philippians Chapters I to End. Colossians, Thessalonians, and First Timothy.

  • Moreover, even an ordinary observer will constantly discover faces which bear the unmistakable imprint of a ruling passion -- such as superciliousness, self-satisfaction, misanthropy, sensuality, and many others.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 6

  • Indeed, that was another point he made today, after he spit at the "superciliousness" of the "bourgeois" journalistic elite that couldn't make up its mind on whether or not to charge for content.

    All Stories | The New York Observer

  • Sitting in my apartment dumbfounded, watching these Boston ghostbusters reach deep, then deeper, it was at that precise moment I recalled my smug superciliousness, my supposed superiority by way of Yankee tradition in that Bunker Hill lounge.

    One Season

  • The dictionary definition of hubris would go something like a term used in modern English to indicate overweening pride, superciliousness, or arrogance, often resulting in fatal retribution.

    Do you remember saying this Gordon?

  • Is it not possible, no no, almost certain, that when casting about for a name for her gentleman on a train, her mind free-associating behind the twin filters of her arch-lesbotic superciliousness, and her disappointing anti-Australian prejudices, her final choice is actually an unintended tribute to a great and noble Trumble,

    Letter from Hamish

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