Adjective "Supercilious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
  1. 'So of course Karen and the other girls have been acting normal and even maybe a bit more supercilious at school, spreading rumors about Rebecca.'
  2. 'Yeah, I kinda get irritated with people that seem supercilious about not having a TV.'
  3. 'It's awfully supercilious when it should be just silly.'
  4. 'It was a different man this time, but he had the same supercilious expression,'
  5. 'She in turn can no longer stand what she calls ‘his supercilious smirk.’'
  6. 'And getting a reporter to print it without immediately following it with something supercilious is an even more awe-inspiring talent.'
  7. 'He is dressed in a sleeveless sweater, striped shirt and tie, and gives the impression of being supercilious, humorless and disengaged.'


1. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be supercilious."

"eyes can be supercilious."

"waiters can be supercilious."

"tones can be supercilious."

"tolerances can be supercilious."

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Early 16th century: from Latin superciliosus ‘haughty’, from supercilium ‘eyebrow’.