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

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Leave aside Kevin’s snobbery, which the play implies is not just a charismatic antihero’s pose but an actual virtue shared by anyone smart and honest. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ Sells Upward Mobility for Dummies," 6 June 2018 In Colombia, the country that invented arabica snobbery, a small group of pioneers are breaking with tradition and experimenting with the plants. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Why Does Your Coffee Taste Like Tires? A Battle Brews Between Beans," 16 Dec. 2018 All decent parents impart snobbery to their children. P.j. O'rourke, Town & Country, "P.J. O'Rourke on Why Snobbery Is a Good Thing," 15 Sep. 2016 Today, many art museums serve as fronts in battles that have little or nothing to do with art: entertainment, yes; snobbery and money, of course; and politics, politics, politics. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "The National Gallery of Identity Politics," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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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