Use Fancy Words: Supercilious

Fancy word Everygirls should know: supercilious

Why we chose this fancy word: Occasionally, Everygirls are exposed to those of the unsavory genus—the snobby co-worker, the holier-than-thou roommate, and the conceited sales clerk all seem to be littering our sunny days. Denouncing them in public would be quite discourteous, but sometimes it’s hard to hold back what you really think. When those moments come, reach into your proverbial vocab handbag for supercilious, a much nicer, even Jane Austen-esque way of naming your assailant. Your brash company won’t even know what hit ’em.

Definition: supercilious (adj.) pronunciation: soop-ohr-silly-us

  1. Behaving as if one is superior. Haughty, condescending, overbearing.

Use this word in a sentence: After studying abroad in Paris, Sarah had the most supercilious disposition, always correcting me on the pronunciation of “croissant.”

Have you been using past fancy words?

opine= to state as one’s opinion
visceral= inward, deep-rooted feeling
masticate= chew, chomp
dalliance= trifling away of time, dawdling; flirting
quotidian= daily, usual or customary; everyday
insouciant = free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree
self-effacing = not drawing attention to oneself; modest
picayune = of little value or account; small; trifling
risible = causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.
parvenu = someone who has recently acquired wealth or importance but has not yet developed the appropriate manners
usurious = charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money
blandishment = something that flatters or coaxes
innocuous = not harmful
fruition = attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment
libation = a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity
ubiquitous = existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time
chimerical = highly unrealistic; wildly fanciful
pithy = brief or forceful
euphemism = nice way of saying something unpleasant
loquacious = talkative, babbling
osculation = a kiss
resplendent = having a splendid appearance
pedantic = ostentatious in one’s learning
compendium = summary or account of a subject