Word of the Day : April 21, 2011

haughty

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adjective HAW-tee

Definition

: blatantly and disdainfully proud

Did You Know?

"Haughty," "proud," "arrogant," "insolent," "overbearing," "supercilious," and "disdainful" all mean showing scorn for inferiors. "Haughty" (which derives via Anglo-French "haut" or "halt" from Latin "altus," meaning "high") suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position. "Proud" may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness ("too proud to take charity"). "Arrogant" implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted ("an arrogant executive"). "Insolent" implies contemptuousness ("We were ignored by an insolent waiter"). "Overbearing" suggests a tyrannical manner ("an overbearing supervisor"). "Supercilious" implies a cool, patronizing attitude ("an aloof and supercilious manner"). "Disdainful" suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness ("disdainful of their social inferiors").


Examples

"Do you know who I am?" asked the woman with a tone of haughtydisdain.

"Diana Ross was the first modern pop diva, a benchmark of haughty elegance that laid the path for Whitney, Mariah and Christina. Her front-and-center attitude could be trying; she constantly overshadowed fellow Supremes Flo Ballard and Mary Wilson and demanded top billing in the trio's final years." -- From a review by Christian Schaeffer in the Dallas Observer (Texas), February 24, 2011



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