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Superciliousness

noun
1.
The trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior.  Synonyms: condescension, disdainfulness.






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"Superciliousness" Quotes from Famous Books



... splendid schemes of Ralph Dewey and Company went on prospering, while he grew daily in self-importance, and in offensive superciliousness toward men from whom he had nothing to expect. In my own case I had little to complain of, as my contact with him was generally professional, and under circumstances that caused a natural deference to my skill as ...
— The Allen House - or Twenty Years Ago and Now • T. S. Arthur

... took the letter with an air of disdain and began to read it with a certain irritating superciliousness. Almost immediately he began to turn red behind the ears. Then his ears turned red. Then his whole face turned red. He breathed hard. ...
— Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective • Ellis Parker Butler

... Italian. Very few people know the Arthurian legends well, or even Malory (if they did they might realize that the Idylls of the King are hardly more important than a parody, or a "Chaucer retold for Children"); but no one accuses Tennyson of needing footnotes, or of superciliousness toward the uninstructed. The difference is merely in what people are prepared for; most readers could no more relate the myth of Atys correctly than they could give a biography of Bertrand de Born. It is hardly too much to say that there is no poem in these volumes ...
— Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry • T.S. Eliot

... replied the clerk, with a kind look at the boy. He had lost one of his own years ago, and Eddy, in spite of his innocent superciliousness, ...
— The Debtor - A Novel • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

... feelings of others. He enjoyed the intercourse of particular friends, but avoided general society; in company, he seldom talked, and only with a neighbour; he shunned the acquaintance of persons of rank, because he disliked patronage, and dreaded the superciliousness of pride. His conversation was simple; he possessed, but seldom used, considerable powers of satire; but he applied his keenest shafts of declamation against the votaries of cruelty. In performing acts of kindness he took delight, ...
— The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II. - The Songs of Scotland of the past half century • Various

... antipathy. The blunt savagery of Trent, his apparently heartless treatment of his weaker partner, and his avowed unscrupulousness, offended the newcomer much in the same manner as in many ways he himself was obnoxious to Trent. His immaculate fatigue-uniform, his calm superciliousness, his obvious air of belonging to a superior class, were galling to Trent beyond measure. He himself felt the difference—he realised his ignorance, his unkempt and uncared-for appearance. Perhaps, as the two men walked side by side, some faint foreshadowing ...
— A Millionaire of Yesterday • E. Phillips Oppenheim



Words linked to "Superciliousness" :   supercilious, arrogance, haughtiness, lordliness, condescension, disdainfulness, hauteur, high-handedness



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