Wednesday Wordage – Supercilious


Say – Super-silly-us

This word sounds like the kind of word the person it’s describing would use in day to day conversation, but don’t worry, it’s still okay to use in your writing! As for when I discovered this word, I believe it was when I was a lot younger than I am now and wanted a fancy word to use against someone who was bullying me at the time, but I can’t be entirely sure.

Supercilious means ‘behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others’ and works well for describing someone who is being patronizing, or tries to lord themselves over other people.

First known use: 1614

Some synonyms include: Haughty, bumptious and imperious

Some antonyms include: Modest, unpretentious and humble.


Jorgeson had a sharp tongue and was so supercilious in his remarks that I didn’t know quite how seriously I should take this talk, but I enjoyed his humor and I did believe he had the sensibilities of an artist.

—Thom Jones, New Yorker, 2 Dec. 1991 

Ardent feminist Kate soon finds that not only is Schuyler a bastion of intolerant, supercilious white males, but worse, any attempt by women or minorities to be heard is quickly quashed by the old-boy network.

—Emily Melton, Booklist, 15 Dec. 1994

As an end note, I think from now on I’ll release a small piece of fiction or a Haiku alongside my word of the week, just for the fun of using big words! Thank you so much for reading 🙂

5 thoughts on “Wednesday Wordage – Supercilious

    1. I know I certainly cant! Words are the spice of life, all language is borrowed but we can do so many unique things with it. And those possibilities grow with every word we add to our vocabularies! And thank you 🙂


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