Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Snobbish behavior or an instance of it.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being snobbish; the conduct of snobs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being snobbish; snobbishness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property or trait of being a snob.

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

  • noun the trait of condescending to those of lower social status

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

snob +‎ -ery – doubled ‘b’ to clarify pronunciation of ‘o’.

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Snark: Joe Hagan on ‘haute zoologist’ Heidi Julavits

  • 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).

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  • 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).

    Terminator Offers Some Lessons for the Salvation of Your Novel

  • Your East Coast intellectual and social snobbery is leaking out around the mask, old buddy.

    Just Go Away - All of You - Please - NASA Watch

  • 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.

    MIND MELD: The Future of Written Science Fiction

  • This snobbery is perhaps the last remaining vestige or outcrop of the once formidable massif of Victorian optimism.

    Hubris, thy name is Gonzo!

  • The snobbery is hateful, but you can see that Kipling - the poet of Empire would have no sympathy for Gordon Brown's idea.

    Rudyard Kipling answers Gordon Brown

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