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ˌsu pərˈsɪl i əssu·per·cil·ious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggeringadjective

    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

    "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

  2. supercilious, sneering, snideadjective

    expressive of contempt

    "curled his lip in a supercilious smile"; "spoke in a sneering jeering manner"; "makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one"


  1. superciliousadjective

    Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.

    Etymology: From supercilium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superciliousadjective

    lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing; arrogant; as, a supercilious officer; asupercilious air; supercilious behavior

    Etymology: [L. superciliosus, fr. supercilium an eyebrow, pride; super over, + cilium an eyelid; probably akin to celare to conceal. Cf. Conceal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Supercilious

    sū-pėr-sil′i-us, adj. lofty with pride: disdainful: dictatorial: overbearing.—adj. Supercil′iary, above the eyebrow.—adv. Supercil′iously.—n. Supercil′iousness. [L. superciliosussupercilium, an eyebrow—super, above, cilium, eyelid.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supercilious in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supercilious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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