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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: superciliosus, from supercilium 'eyebrow, proud and unfriendly behavior'

supercilious

adjective
     
su‧per‧cil‧i‧ous formal
behaving as if you think that other people are less important than you - used to show disapproval [= self-important]:
supercilious wine waiters
superciliously adverb
superciliousness noun [uncountable]

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