Snobbery is a concept that represents thoughts and actions characteristic of a snob. Snobbery is in simple words excessive arrogance and pride in its exceptional position (actual, ideal or pretended), implying admiration for the way of life and manners that are a reflection of a person’s own aspirations. This concept can reflect the high intelligence of a person, his exceptionally refined taste, deserved authority and respect in certain circles, but with the amendment that he will tell about all these achievements himself, and not wait until others notice it.
Snobbery always betrays the incompatibility of a person with a particular structure or society. Thus, wealthy merchants, who were superior to the intelligentsia, could easily buy a place among these people. After that, in their behavior they began to brighten up the elements of snobbery in an attempt to imitate the behavior and manners of secular and educated people, for which there were neither prerequisites, nor sufficient education, nor upbringing. The desire to compensate for the missing skills with a proud look, excessive luxury, big expenses, cheeky behavior and other elements that are not directly related to the manifestation of a person’s level are elements of snobbery.
The meaning of the word snobbery was corrected depending on the epoch, but the emotional coloring of this personal quality always remained negative. It is always the desire to keep up with the level to which a person objectively does not correspond, and he is trying to do this at the expense of external tinsel, and not work on his own personality.