• WordNet 3.6
    • n superciliousness the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n superciliousness The state or character of being supercilious; haughtiness; an overbearing temper or manner.
    • n superciliousness Synonyms Pride, Presumption, etc. See arrogance.
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In literature:

Hold your tongue, you supercilious minx!
"Queen Hildegarde" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Urquhart's look at him, supercilious, contemptuous, aloof, slightly disgusted, hurt his vanity.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
Caryl was standing with him, calm as ever, though she fancied that his eyes were a little wider than usual and his bearing less supercilious.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Their superciliousness shows that they feel themselves to be the dominant race.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
A modern structure reaches superciliously skyward.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
He gave him a supercilious glance.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
Mannering glanced at him superciliously.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He always kept within certain carefully laid bounds of supercilious politeness.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
As handsome and supercilious as ever, I observe.
"The Ghost" by Arnold Bennett
All eyes were fixed upon Quest, who had listened to the Inspector's dubious words with a supercilious smile upon his lips.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

The time is come for truer things,
When honour, love, and all beside,
Refused to supercilious pride,
Are paid to peasants as to kings.
"True Nobility" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
RALPH. Proud officer, that haughty lip uncurl!
Vain man, suppress that supercilious sneer,
For I have dared to love your matchless girl,
A fact well known to all my messmates here!
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
COUNSEL. See my interesting client,
Victim of a heartless wile!
See the traitor all defiant
Wear a supercilious smile!
Sweetly smiled my client on him,
Coyly woo'd and gently won him.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
On the morrow through the city we sauntered, arm in arm;
I strove to do the cicerone—my style was grand and calm.
I showed him all the lions—but I noted with despair
His smile, his drawl, his eye-glass, and his supercilious air.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin
My young bright life seemed blasted, my hopes were dead and gone,
No blighted lover ever felt so gloomy and forlorn;
I’d reached the suicidal stage—and the reason of it all,
This supercilious London swell, his eye-glass and his drawl.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin

In news:

The Great Peasant Revolt of 2010 The president's supercilious modesty is getting him into trouble.
Sommeliers were few and far between, but their reputation was fearsome: supercilious snobs who would sneer at you as they ripped you off.
Sommeliers were scarce, but their reputation was fearsome: supercilious snobs who would sneer at you as they ripped you off.
Smite supercilious snobs while drinking wine and taking in the symphony.