supercilious

[soo-per-sil-ee-uhs]
adjective
haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin superciliōsus. See supercilium, -ous

superciliously, adverb
superciliousness, noun
unsupercilious, adjective
unsuperciliously, adverb
unsuperciliousness, noun


arrogant, scornful.


humble.
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supercilious (ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəs)
 
adj
displaying arrogant pride, scorn, or indifference
 
[C16: from Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium eyebrow; see superciliary]
 
super'ciliously
 
adv
 
super'ciliousness
 
n

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supercilious
1529, from L. superciliosus "haughty, arrogant," from supercilium "haughty demeanor, pride," lit. "eyebrow" (via notion of raising the eyebrow to express haughtiness), from super "above" (see super-) + cilium "eyelid," related to celare "to cover, hide," from PIE base *kel- "to conceal" (see cell).
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Example sentences
One reason was its supercilious tone, which ill accords with its slapdash composition.
It should also be pointed out that many planners have a supercilious view of intelligence and intelligence officers.
The supercilious bearing of the old nobility could not be borne by the new peers.
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