The Meaning of SUPERCILIOUS – SUPERCILIOUS in a Sentence

What is the Meaning and Definition of SUPERCILIOUS?


Emphasize the third syllable, it’s pronounced soo◦per◦SILL◦ee◦us

  1. showing proud superiority
  2. lack of interest

The clipart shows a poodle with its nose in the air, giving an impression of superiority.

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The picture shows a man with raised eyebrows, looking down his nose at someone.

Sentence example: He had such a supercilious expression on his face.

Note: As shown in the photograph, the original meaning of supercilious has to do with “raised eyebrow” which can indicate a feeling of superiority.

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  • affable
  • aggressive
  • arduous
  • bent
  • biased
  • conventional
  • delinquent
  • detrimental
  • erroneous
  • expendable
  • extraordinary
  • fragile
  • gradual
  • gracious
  • hospitable
  • impressive
  • impulsive
  • relevant
  • remiss
  • ridiculous
  • squalid
  • supercilious
  • suspicious
  • sympathetic
  • wooden

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More examples to make the meaning of SUPERCILIOUS clear:

I miss the world dearly, going to exhibitions and concerts, seeing friends and interrupting my productive hours with unnecessary visits to overpriced cafes crammed with supercilious hipsters.
Source: Washington Post

On the one hand, Facebook’s youthful and supercilious executives are convinced that the barbarian world outside Menlo Park is ripe for their civilizing mission.
Source: Washington Post

He won’t be volunteering as tribute, however, so forget the prospect of seeing those supercilious, snooty expressions pleasingly wiped from his face by an axe-wielding opponent or storm of mutant bees.
Source: The Guardian

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