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supercilious
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
  • A supercilious and condescending smile played on his lips.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (56% in)
  • He trembled for him, for his glory, and dreaded any affront to him, especially the refined, courteous irony of Miuesov and the supercilious half-utterances of the highly educated Ivan.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (99% in)
  • Ivan's supercilious....
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (61% in)
  • It's not as if I were his keeper," answered Smerdyakov quietly, distinctly, and superciliously.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (19% in)
  • Let him open that book and begin reading it without grand words or superciliousness, without condescension to them, but gently and kindly, being glad that he is reading to them and that they are listening with attention, loving the words himself, only stopping from time to time to explain words that are not understood by the peasants.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (23% in)
  • What was worst of all, there was something humiliating in it, and on their side something "supercilious and scornful."
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (56% in)
  • Though he looked down upon every one, he was a good comrade and not supercilious.
    Book 10 — The Boys (2% in)
  • What piqued him most was that these boys of fifteen turned up their noses at him too superciliously, and were at first disposed to treat him as "a small boy," not fit to associate with them, and that was an unendurable insult.
    Book 10 — The Boys (5% in)
  • "Well, who did found it?" asked Kolya, turning to him with haughty superciliousness.
    Book 10 — The Boys (76% in)
  • There was even a supercilious note in his voice.
    Book 11 — Ivan (42% in)
  • The startling, incredibly supercilious tone of this man who had once been his valet, was extraordinary in itself.
    Book 11 — Ivan (64% in)

There are no more uses of "supercilious" in The Brothers Karamazov.

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