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Definition of "snobbery" [snob•ber•y]

  • Snobbish behavior or an instance of it. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "snobbery" in a sentence
  • "Jeremiah Wright apparently had some good things to say during Obama's early years at his church, which included both inner-city people and those who had made it from the ghetto to middle-class life: He encouraged his congregation to better themselves so they could rise out of poverty, but he also condemned "middleclassness", which he defined as snobbery and a superior attitude on the part of some middle-class people."
  • "I do think there is a certain snobbery, especially in American literary criticism, that leads to the promotion of bloated, weak fiction, and that should be rightly condemned."
  • "All our intellectual snobbery is reserved for books; when it comes to the cinematic experience, we demand constant explosions, post-apocalyptic scenarios, lots of aliens/robots/asteroids, and/or large-scale natural disasters (with occasional exceptions made for arty French films, obvs)."