from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Snobbish behavior or an instance of it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The property or trait of being a snob.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being snobbish; snobbishness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being snobbish; the conduct of snobs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
Jeremiah Wright apparently had some good things to say during Obama's early years at his church, which included both inner-city people and those who had made it from the ghetto to middle-class life: He encouraged his congregation to better themselves so they could rise out of poverty, but he also condemned "middleclassness", which he defined as snobbery and a superior attitude on the part of some middle-class people.
I do think there is a certain snobbery, especially in American literary criticism, that leads to the promotion of bloated, weak fiction, and that should be rightly condemned.
All our intellectual snobbery is reserved for books; when it comes to the cinematic experience, we demand constant explosions, post-apocalyptic scenarios, lots of aliens/robots/asteroids, and/or large-scale natural disasters (with occasional exceptions made for arty French films, obvs).
Your East Coast intellectual and social snobbery is leaking out around the mask, old buddy.
The snobbery is kept in place by those who work in the industry, and genre is exploited, as if for minerals, in order to fuel sales of, say, "post-modern" fiction.
This snobbery is perhaps the last remaining vestige or outcrop of the once formidable massif of Victorian optimism.
The snobbery is hateful, but you can see that Kipling - the poet of Empire would have no sympathy for Gordon Brown's idea.
And, Pari - there is a built-in snobbery from some indies regarding mass market authors.
Epstein wittily shivers and shimmies along compelling philosophical and psychological branches, finally wondering whether snobbery is simply part of human nature.
This has its importance when one remembers that the English regional snobberies are nationalism in miniature; for it suggests that place-snobbery is not a working-class characteristic.