snob·​bery | \ ˈsnä-b(ə-)rē \
plural snobberies

Definition of snobbery

1 : snobbish conduct or character : snobbishness
2 : an instance of snobbery

Examples of snobbery in a Sentence

the snobbery of some wine connoisseurs

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The women brilliantly mix couture pieces with contemporary brands sold at a much lower price point without an ounce of snobbery. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 Some of it was excellent — like the paintings of a woman who worked on scraps of her husband’s canvas — but Chicago had to overcome her own snobbery to really begin to see it. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Judy Chicago, the Godmother," 7 Feb. 2018 As a result, indie rock’s penchant for puritanism and subcultural snobbery was dwindling, and authenticity was beginning to be privileged over obscurity. Emma Madden, Billboard, "How The Yeah Yeahs' 'Maps' Helped Change the Way We View the Relationship Between Pop and Indie," 26 Apr. 2018 With his wide-ranging travels and marked allergy to snobbery, Bourdain motivated others—fellow chefs and fans alike—to go further in their understanding of food, culture, and the human condition. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "10 Chefs on the Incredible Impact of Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 One of my best friends, who worked in radio, came up with the idea of a funny self-deprecating segment about me and my weird snobbery. Ta-nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, "I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye," 7 May 2018 What faced him on the other side was snobbery and disrespect. The Economist, "Michael Martin (Lord Martin of Springburn) died on April 29th," 3 May 2018 There’s a certain snobbery that some people have more or better knowledge. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Visit to California’s Most Unlikely Wine Town," 1 May 2018 Yet the distrust between the factions was made toxic by class snobbery and hatred, since the Woodvilles were a mere gentry family. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, "‘Richard III’ Review: The Villain Wore a Crown," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snobbery

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snobbery was in 1843

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English Language Learners Definition of snobbery

: the behavior or attitude of people who think they are better than other people : the behavior or attitude of snobs

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