from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Feeling or showing haughty disdain. See Synonyms at proud.
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- adj. Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing; arrogant
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lofty with pride; haughtily contemptuous; overbearing.
- Manifesting haughtiness, or proceeding from it; overbearing; arrogant: as, a supercilious air; supercilious behavior.
- Synonyms Disdainful, contemptuous, overweening, lordly, consequential. See arrogance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
- adj. expressive of contempt
He seldom deigned to notice me; and, when he did, it was with a certain supercilious insolence of tone and manner, that convinced me he was no gentleman, though it was intended to have a contrary effect.
Hence only the supercilious will be the ones who are expectantly offended.
I just didn't realize how moving it was and how radical it was to have that stated so clearly in the context of the kind of supercilious cultural milieu of indie rock.
Mr. Obama strikes Bill Kristol as some kind of "supercilious" Marxist.
And regarding this case, Jackson told author Ken Auletta that the court of appeals was "supercilious" and had "made up about 90 percent of the facts on their own," among other potshots.
His whole body and manner cried out that he was a president with a war to fight who didn't want to be bothered trading verbal jabs with the kind of supercilious know-it-all he had loathed since Yale days.
He spoke with great swiftness, the words tumbling over one another, not with eagerness, but rather with a kind of supercilious carelessness.
One man with exactly that tone came and said, with a kind of supercilious reverence, "Is it possible that I now flash my optics upon a prophet?"
But given that the Foreign Office is desperately apologising and the Vatican is now thinking of calling off the visit altogether, to call this a 'sense of humour failure' would seem to reflect precisely the kind of supercilious Foreign Office cynicism revealed by the document itself.
That kind of supercilious contempt is why the Democrats keep losing.