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Monday, September 01, 2003

Definitions for supercilious

  1. 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. Annie Dillard, For the Time Being
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. Abba Eban, Diplomacy for the Next Century
Origin of supercilious
1520-1530
Supercilious is from Latin superciliosus, from supercilium, "an eyebrow, arrogance," from super, "over" + cilium, "an eyelid."