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Her mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air.
  showing arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
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  • Her mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air.
  • She liked me better from that time on, and she never took a supercilious air with me again.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • There was no concealing the fact, Cecil had meant to be supercilious, and he had succeeded.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • The supercilious assumption was that on Sunday afternoon I had nothing better to do.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • There it was again, that mysterious smile, sad and supercilious at the same time.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • While I spoke in supercilious accents, and looked at the room as if I had an oil well in my own backyard, my...
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Don’t be supercilious with your mother!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • said Fudge, with a very supercilious look on his face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • She was not a supercilious or an over-dainty woman.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • She liked me better from that time on, and she never took a supercilious air with me again.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia

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  • Gwendolen.  [Superciliously.]  No, thank you.  Sugar is not fashionable any more.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • "You may be the only guy my age I’ve ever met who knows..."
    "Yes, well," Jace said, with a supercilious look, "I’m not like other guys. Besides," he added, flipping a book off the shelf, "at the Institute we have to take classes in basic medicinal uses for plants. It’s required."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He said it as naturally as Inspector Crome might have said it-but without the superciliousness.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • ...there is a disturbing, vaguely supercilious smile set into long, narrow lips.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • And even though we heard what they thought of the deacon at St. Peter’s (a "supercilious moron"), what they thought of the neighbors ("He’s courting a heart attack with all that fat"), what they thought of one sister when the other sister was up in her room—we were not meant to repeat it.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • At last at twenty-six she found herself penned into marriage with a supercilious and ruined nobleman and the Cathedral of Lima fairly buzzed with the sneers of her guests.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • MRS. CHEVELEY (Superciliously.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Denny developed a lofty tone of voice, supercilious and amused.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Oh, clever, supercilious young man!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Long elegant lines of sight stretched out before me, mazelike halls which had the feel of a haunted mansion: periwigged lords, cool Gainsborough beauties, gazing superciliously down at my distress.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Madame Defarge looked superciliously at the client, and nodded in confirmation.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Besides this, in his behavior to women Anatole had a manner which particularly inspires in them curiosity, awe, and even love—a supercilious consciousness of his own superiority.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That silly girl acted most unwisely there — " "Shut up about my sister," said Ron roughly, Phineas Nigellus raised supercilious eyebrows.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • And the air of supercilious elegance which had clung about him in his striking Zouave uniform was completely gone.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She took no notice of me until she had the candle in her hand, when she looked over her shoulder, superciliously saying, "You are to come this way to-day," and took me to quite another part of the house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "There’s a measure in all things," Luzhin went on superciliously.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • His little eyes glittered like mica discs—with curiosity,—though he tried to keep up a bit of superciliousness.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • "Confound the brute!" said Sir Andrew, with native British wrath, as Brogard leant up against the table, smoking and looking down superciliously at these two SACRRRES ANGLAIS.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • To behave to her guest with such superciliousness!
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The two valets sat aloof superciliously.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There was no concealing the fact, Cecil had meant to be supercilious, and he had succeeded.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The hay-trusser, which he obviously was, nodded with some superciliousness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Life had not taught her domination—superciliousness of grace, which is the lordly power of some women.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Noted reed-drawers were they too, and looked round upon the other three with some superciliousness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "No," said Stephen, with rather supercilious indifference.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • A certain superciliousness of look, coolness of manner, nonchalance of tone, express fully their sentiments on the point, without committing them by any positive rudeness in word or deed.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The interchange filled a pause and Rosemary’s instinct was that something tactful should be said by somebody, but Dick made no attempt to break up the grouping formed by these late arrivals, not even to disarm Mrs. McKisco of her air of supercilious amusement.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "I am told, on excellent authority, that her father keeps an American dry-goods store," said Sir Thomas Burdon, looking supercilious.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "The Jew leaving Rotherwood," said he, raising himself on his elbow, and looking superciliously at him without quitting his pallet, "and travelling in company with the Palmer to boot—"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The sons resented this; they felt themselves cut away underneath, and they answered with brutality and also with a sneering superciliousness.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Somehow the quiet Humbird, and Sloane, with his impatient superciliousness, were the centre.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Thus they descended to the precincts of her father’s homestead, and Arabella went in, nodding good-bye to him with a supercilious, affronted air.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • ’A speaker, if the gentleman likes it better,’ said Mr. E. W. B. Childers, superciliously throwing the interpretation over his shoulder, and accompanying it with a shake of his long hair — which all shook at once.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • A supercilious and condescending smile played on his lips.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The oak desk was dark and old and altogether perfect; the chairs were gently supercilious.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Carol apologized for her superciliousness.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The superciliousness that lurked in her manner told Venn that thus far he had utterly failed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Before he left, Alexander shot me a languid, supercilious look.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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