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From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
p.16 "For though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to every body."
SUPERCILIOUS: haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.
ORIGIN: 1520-30. [Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium, eyebrow, pride : super-, super- + cilium, lower eyelid; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.]
From The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
p.40 "A handful of women ululate as the proceedings begin."
ULULATE: to lament loudly and shrilly.
ORIGIN: 1615-25. [Latin ululāre, ululāt-, ultimately of imitative origin.]