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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...

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