a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others.
a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field:
a musical snob.
a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to others Compare inverted snob
(as modifier): snob appeal
a person having similar pretensions with regard to his tastes, etc: an intellectual snob
1781, “a shoemaker, a shoemaker’s apprentice,” of unknown origin. It came to be used in Cambridge University slang c.1796, often contemptuously, for “townsman, local merchant,” and passed then into literary use, where by 1831 it was being used for “person of the ordinary or lower classes.” Meaning “person who vulgarly apes his social superiors” is by 1843, popularized 1848 by William Thackeray’s “Book of Snobs.” The meaning later broadened to include those who insist on their gentility, in addition to those who merely aspire to it, and by 1911 the word had its main modern sense of “one who despises those considered inferior in rank, attainment, or taste.”
a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others. a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field: a musical snob. Contemporary […]
unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people: He’s not antisocial, just shy. antagonistic, hostile, or unfriendly toward others; menacing; threatening: an antisocial act. opposed or detrimental to order or the principles on which society is constituted: antisocial behavior. Psychiatry. of or relating to a pattern of behavior in […]
- Antisocial personality
a personality disorder, beginning early in life, characterized by chronic and continuous antisocial behavior in which the rights of others are violated, as by lying, stealing, or aggressive sexual behavior. Contemporary Examples Few of those who believe Hernandez is guilty will be surprised by a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. Is Pedro Hernandez, the Suspect […]
a person who opposes socialism. Also, antisocialistic. opposing socialism, made up of antisocialists, etc.: Antisocialist forces marched on the capital.