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 for supercilious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Supercilious \Su`per*cil"i*ous\, a. [L. superciliosus, fr.
     supercilium an eyebrow, pride; super over, + cilium an
     eyelid; probably akin to celare to conceal. Cf. Conceal.]
     Lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing;
     arrogant; as, a supercilious officer; asupercilious air;
     supercilious behavior. -- Su`per*cil"i*ous*ly, adv. --
     Su`per*cil"i*ous*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of
             those one views as unworthy; "some economists are
             disdainful of their colleagues in other social
             disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners
             were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very
             sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my
             clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood
             than usual"- W.L.Shirer [syn: disdainful, haughty,
             imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful,
             sniffy, supercilious, swaggering]
      2: expressive of contempt; "curled his lip in a supercilious
         smile"; "spoke in a sneering jeering manner"; "makes many a
         sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one" [syn:
         supercilious, sneering, snide]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "supercilious":
     arrogant, cavalier, clannish, cliquish, condescending,
     contemptuous, contumelious, disdainful, dismissive, exclusive,
     haughty, high and mighty, high-and-mighty, highfalutin,
     hoity-toity, insolent, la-di-da, lofty, lordly, overbearing,
     patronizing, pompous, pretentious, scornful, sneering, sniffy,
     snippy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, snuffy, stuck-up, stuffy,
     superior, toploftical, toplofty, uppish, uppity, withering

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