Supercilious vs Superfluous - What's the difference?

supercilious | superfluous |

As adjectives the difference between supercilious and superfluous

is that supercilious is arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty while superfluous is in excess of what is required or sufficient.




(en adjective)
  • Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.
  • * 2013 May 23, , " British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
  • Buffeted by criticism of his policy on Europe, battered by rebellion in the ranks over his bill to legalize same-sex marriage and wounded by the perception that he is supercilious , contemptuous and out of touch with mainstream Conservatism, Mr. Cameron earlier this week took the highly unusual step of sending a mass e-mail (or, as he called it, “a personal note”) to his party’s grass-roots members.
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  • Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * superciliously * superciliousness




  • In excess of what is required or sufficient.
  • With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous .


    * excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant

    Coordinate terms

    * gratuitous