V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. showing haughty superiority over someone else; 2. characterized by or expressive of contempt
Synonyms: disdainful, contemptuous, arrogant, bossy, cocky, egotistical, haughty, patronizing, uppity, snotty
Antonyms: humble, courteous, friendly
Tips: Supercilious is derived from the Latin superciliosus, which means "haughty, superior." Think of a person who is acting superior to others and looks down on them in a disdainful and contemptuous manner.
Her boss spoke in a supercilious tone that was patronizing to everyone. (bossy, arrogant, patronizing)
Her supercilious smugness was off-putting. (arrogant, egotistical, uppity)
His supercilious smile was snide rather than friendly and showed just how arrogant he was. (cocky, contemptuous, patronizing)
The prim socialite looked at those around her with a supercilious air. (haughty, snotty, disdainful)
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