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Charlotte Bronte

In a word: supercilious

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: SUPERCILIOUS The handy British expression toffee-nosed, for "pretentiously superior" or "snobbish," is evocative but informal. For starchy occasions you may want to use supercilious (pronounced soo-per-SIL-e-as). A supercilious person displays that he thinks himself superior to others, is disdainful, contemptuous, haughty, or scornful. He raises his eyebrow at you if you presume to address him. The word combines the Latin super, "above" and...