supercilious - Dictionary definition and meaning for word supercilious

(adj) having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) expressive of contempt
Synonyms : sneering , snide
Example Sentence
  • 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

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for supercilious

split it like SUPER+CILI(sounds like SILLY) think of our SUPER SENIORs in our college . ..who were very ARROGANT IN NATURE..and were very keen to exhibit their superiority over us hence treated us in a very silly way..
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by preetisoni2411

but basically this word is taken from latin supercilium...which when splited means super + cilium means moving your eyelid in a way which exhibit your pride......and arrogance...
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by preetisoni2411

SUPER+FEELious....whenyou feel that you are superior, you become showy,pompous ......
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by nileshdive

Supercilious = Super + chilly(ous) i.e. when we eat food with a Super amount (a lot of) of chilly we express contempt towards the person who cooked it.
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by aka.bhagvanji

Arrogant people think rest of the world is "super silly".
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by anujpathania

split the word super+cilia+ ous: Cilia means supercilia can assumed to mean someone with lots of hair,long haired,john abraham wannabe's.These guy usually come of as arrogant.
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by k-electron

super-chilli-ous chilli means hot and can also be related to arrogant
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by divyashekar

super(above)+ cilia (hair): Think of a person's condescending, patronizing expression where he/she lifts one eyebrow up.
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by tivoli25

super+cilia. Cilia are TINY hairlike function of a cell, so if there is a SUPER CILIA in the group, he (cilia) will be haughty and mighty among others.
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by lollipop

Supercilious : just a "Super- Silly-Ass " person...
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by waheedsid

iam SUPER...u are SILLY :P
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by l.k.sandra

supercilious = super + cili (silly) + ous; i.e making unnecessary things.
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by shaktipada

You Wanna remember, use this-- "super silly ass " and you'll remember the basic sense of supercilious.
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by AvneshT

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