Thursday, January 27, 2000
Definitions for supercilious
- Disdainfully arrogant; haughty.
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Citations for supercilious
The girl has a supercilious expression, and seems to be looking down her nose at the camera.
Russian emissaries used to be received at European courts and chanceries with a supercilious courtesy as representatives of a lower social and political culture seeking to be patronized by European elites.
Origin of supercilious
Supercilious is from Latin superciliosus, from supercilium, "an eyebrow, arrogance," from super, "over" + cilium, "an eyelid."