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adjective

Exhibiting haughty, arrogant contempt or superiority for those considered unworthy.

In a quick turn of her head, in a frank look, a boyish pout, in that proud glance from lowered lids, so pitying and yet so distant that in others it would be supercilious, in all those expressions of conscious beauty, which when imitated become clumsy, or arrogant, or ridiculous, there is a manifestation of what Hollywood cannot destroy. In the presence of this mystery all that is second-rate can be forgotten.

—Sir Cecil Beaton, Society Photographer Describing Gretta Garbo

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