snobbery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snobbery the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snobbery The quality of being snobbish; snobbishness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snobbery The character of being snobbish; the conduct of snobs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Snobbery the quality of being snobbish
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Quotations

  • Yves Saint-Laurent
    Yves Saint-Laurent
    “We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. prov. snap, a boy, from Ice. snápr, a dolt; Sw. dial. snopp, a boy.

Usage

In literature:

The bathroom is the inmost, the strongest fortress of our English snobbery.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Everywhere there spread a kind of aesthetic snobbery which obscured real tastes.
"Progress and History" by Various
All the instinctive snobbery of the Ghetto toward the grand world was excited.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The snobbery of the "social column" would really be amusing were it not so painfully apparent.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
There may have been a lamentable kind of snobbery about it; I dare say.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
That in the ornamental jobs, those that are relics of feudalism and snobbery, women should supplant men is not surprising.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
The Exclusive Room being founded on pure snobbery, he made great todo about the celebrities present.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
No trace of snobbery or false shame in him.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
He loathed superstition, cant and snobbery and said so in a way that gave much pain to the nicest people.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
The end is not that of snobbery, but an eternal treasure.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
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In news:

Is the whole world nostalgic for the snobbery of the British class system.
St Louis gym, meet Boulder snobbery.
How do you remove the snobbery and elitism that underlies the wine world.
In a telephone interview, Dr Ehlers, a Michigan Republican who retired this year, said he thinks a kind of "reverse snobbery" keeps researchers out of public life.
The Beltway Snobbery of Hilary Rosen's Attack on Ann Romney.
IPhone snobbery greets Instagram's Android app.
Blog readers sound off on 'weather snobbery '.
One Lexus, hold the snobbery .
St Louis gym, meet Boulder snobbery .
Yet the assumptions underlying the snobbery no longer seem tenable.
Plant snobbery has a strong allure, with a certain smug satisfaction to be gained by inspiring awe and envy among fellow gardeners with tales of growing some obscure, persnickety plant.
Think our tasting notes reek of craft beer snobbery.
Yet students who take their MBAs at a distance can find themselves railing against some intense snobbery.
Music mogul Simon Cowell is accusing the people behind the Grammy Awards of snobbery for failing to nominate teenage pop star Justin Bieber for the upcoming awards show.
My life-long recovery from snobbery.
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