1. expecting unquestioning obedience (Freq. 2)

the timid child of authoritarian parents


insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter

Syn: ↑authoritarian, ↑dictatorial
Similar to: ↑domineering
Derivationally related forms: ↑overbearingness
2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines


haughty aristocrats


his lordly manners were offensive


walked with a prideful swagger


very sniffy about breaches of etiquette


his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air


"a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

Similar to: ↑proud
Derivationally related forms: ↑superciliousness (for: ↑supercilious), ↑overbearingness, ↑lordliness (for: ↑lordly), ↑imperiousness (for: ↑imperious), ↑haughtiness (for: ↑haughty), ↑disdainfulness (for: ↑disdainful)

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