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Feeling or showing haughty disdain. See Synonyms at arrogant.

[Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium, eyebrow, pride : super-, super- + cilium, lower eyelid; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

su′per·cil′i·ous·ly adv.
su′per·cil′i·ous·ness n.
Word History: The English word supercilious ultimately derives from the Latin word supercilium, "eyebrow." Supercilium came to mean "the eyebrow as used in frowning and expressing sternness, gravity, or haughtiness." From there it developed the senses "stern looks, severity, haughty demeanor, pride." The derived Latin adjective superciliōsus meant "full of stern or disapproving looks, censorious, haughty, disdainful," as it has since it entered English as supercilious in the 1500s. The super- in the Latin word supercilium means "above," and cilium was the Latin word for "eyelid." In many of the Romance languages, this word developed into the word for "eyelash." This development is probably reflected in the scientific use in English of the word cilium, whose plural is cilia. Cilia are the minute hairlike appendages of cells or unicellular organisms that move in unison in order to bring about the movement of the cell or of the surrounding medium.
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Adv.1.superciliously - with a sneer; in an uncomplimentary sneering manner; "`I don't believe in these customs,' he said sneeringly"
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[ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəslɪ] ADV (pej) → con desdén, desdeñosamente
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[ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəslɪ] adv (frm) → altezzosamente, sprezzantemente
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(suːpəˈsiliəs) adjective
contemptuous or disdainful. a supercilious look.
ˌsuperˈciliously adverb
ˌsuperˈciliousness noun
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References in classic literature ?
The prime bullies and braves among the free trappers had each his circle of novices, from among the captain's band; mere greenhorns, men unused to Indian life; mangeurs de lard, or pork-eaters; as such new-comers are superciliously called by the veterans of the wilderness.
I cannot agree with the painters who claim superciliously that the layman can understand nothing of painting, and that he can best show his appreciation of their works by silence and a cheque-book.
She proceeded to explain the pictures to him, superciliously but not without insight, and showed him what the painters had attempted and what he must look for.
The two valets sat aloof superciliously. The rain came rattling down on the windows.
Madame Defarge looked superciliously at the client, and nodded in confirmation.
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 today," and took me to quite another part of the house.
``The Jew leaving Rotherwood,'' said he, raising himself on his elbow, and looking superciliously at him without quitting his pallet,
Childers, superciliously throwing the interpretation over his shoulder, and accompanying it with a shake of his long hair - which all shook at once.
"There's a measure in all things," Luzhin went on superciliously. "Economic ideas are not an incitement to murder, and one has but to suppose .
"So," said I superciliously, "lead us then to Twala.
Thornhill It's the Government sounding superciliously superior yet again, you do as you are told and shut up.
patronage," becoming, among other things, superciliously strict