haughtiness

If you are shy and have a hard time talking to others, people might wrongly interpret your quietness as haughtiness. Haughtiness is thinking a lot of yourself and not much of others.

The word haughtiness originally comes from the Old French adjective haut meaning "high" and later developed to mean having a high estimation of yourself. When you think of the word, imagine a Queen riding by on a horse, chin upturned, not paying any mind to her subjects below. Her Highness might as well be called Her Haughtiness up there.

Definitions of haughtiness
  1. noun
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
    synonyms: arrogance, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness
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    condescension, disdainfulness, superciliousness
    the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
    contemptuousness
    the manifestation of scorn and contempt
    hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
    domineeringness, imperiousness, overbearingness
    the trait of being imperious and overbearing
    superiority
    displaying a sense of being better than others
    snobbery, snobbishness, snobbism
    the trait of condescending to those of lower social status
    clannishness, cliquishness, exclusiveness
    tendency to associate with only a select group
    type of:
    pride, superbia
    unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)
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