supercilious

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"Not particularly," she replied, still chirpy as to tone and supercilious as to her manner.

I asked him if, when he said his prayers, he was so supercilious as to pray for his daily biscuits.

In the classes above them the supernatural has been slain by the supercilious.

He never saluted me with other than what I regarded as a supercilious nod of the head.

Wrayson looked at him for a moment in supercilious surprise.

This, in a supercilious air, while she drew from the narghilah the smoke, which I could not relish.

He had passed her with his haughty, supercilious air, pretending not to recognize her.

His handsome white face had lost some of its supercilious confidence.

But the supercilious and very noble Ombreval still grumbled.

There was a supercilious curl of contempt on her lips as she finished.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Latin superciliosus "haughty, arrogant," from supercilium "haughty demeanor, pride," literally "eyebrow" (via notion of raising the eyebrow to express haughtiness), from super "above" (see super-) + second element akin to cilium "eyelid," related to celare "to cover, hide," from PIE root *kel- "to conceal" (see cell).

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