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.

Usage Examples:

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)

Want to Learn More Words Like supercilious?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word supercilious were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: