snob·​bery | \ ˈsnä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce snobbery (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web That is as inaccurate as the snobbery that Mr Huang decries. The Economist, "The apotheosis of Chinese cuisine in America," 18 Dec. 2019 Similar to film snobbery, genre bias persists here: Ted Chiang’s sci-fi collection Exhalation and Helen Phillips’ horror novel The Need deserve better. David Canfield,, "Your complete guide to 2019's literary awards season," 25 Nov. 2019 Both sides can be guilty of insularity and snobbery. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity," 20 Oct. 2019 This little glass disk designed as corrective eyewear wound up as a comic prop, a universal metonym for wealth and snobbery. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 Devereux is also cut from a familiar cloth, an ice-cold picture of control and snobbery whose heart is melted by Annabelle. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: September romances visit Victorian Oxford, a Renaissance Faire, Michelin restaurants, and more," 30 Sep. 2019 Carlos, their dry muscadine, also brought home awards, breaking yet another myth of grape snobbery. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours on the North Alabama Wine Trail," 19 Sep. 2019 For one, there's a certain snobbery about the show. Glamour, "The Hate Toward the Kardashians Is Total B.S.," 26 July 2019 The snobbery might be more widespread among the spandex-wearing weekend-warrior set. Fortune, "E-Bikes Sales Are Putting a Charge in the Fortunes of Bikemakers," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of snobbery

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Snobbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snobbery

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

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