Origin of superciliousClassical Latin superciliosus from supercilium, eyebrow, hence (with reference to facial expression with raised brows) haughtiness from super-, above + cilium, eyelid (see cilia)
The definition of supercilious is someone who feels or acts like they are better than everyone else.
An example of supercilious is a person saying nothing on the menu of a nice restaurant is good enough for them.
Feeling or showing haughty disdain. See Synonyms at arrogant.
Origin of superciliousLatin superciliōsus from supercilium eyebrow, pride super- super- cilium lower eyelid ; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more supercilious, superlative most supercilious)
- The supercilious student couldn't help but to brag about the high score he received on his test.
- It is better to be humble and succeed than to be supercilious and fail.
- The supercilious attitude of the opposing team was intimidating.
- The supercilious lady next door doesn't even smile when we pass in the street.
- I felt looked down upon by the supercilious woman that stared at my clothing.