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Definition arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
  • I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
  • Her mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air.
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • She liked me better from that time on, and she never took a supercilious air with me again.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • Now he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • 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
  • supercilious = self-important
  • He said it as naturally as Inspector Crome might have said it-but without the superciliousness.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • superciliousness = arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Gwendolen.  [Superciliously.]  No, thank you.  Sugar is not fashionable any more.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • superciliously = arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
  • Don't be supercilious with your mother!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • ...there is a disturbing, vaguely supercilious smile set into long, narrow lips.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • She was not a supercilious or an over-dainty woman.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • 'Enough, enough!' said Fudge, with a very supercilious look on his face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • supercilious = arrogant (as though other opinions didn't matter)
  • There it was again, that mysterious smile, sad and supercilious at the same time.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • supercilious = showing disdain of those one views as unworthy
  • 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
  • supercilious = arrogant
  •   "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
  • supercilious = acting as if superior to others
  • 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
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • The supercilious assumption was that on Sunday afternoon I had nothing better to do.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • supercilious = arrogant
  • There was no concealing the fact, Cecil had meant to be supercilious, and he had succeeded.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • "But how very good of you to have come", he replied superciliously; for had I not told him that I hated dancing ?
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • While I looked at Thomas Stone and sat next to the supercilious Constance, a slow fuse burned inside me and it was about to ignite.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "To be sure, to be sure," Hans Castorp replied superciliously.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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