Meaning of inverted snobbery in English:

inverted snobbery



mass noun derogatory British
  • The attitude of seeming to despise anything associated with wealth or social status, while at the same time elevating those things associated with lack of wealth and social position.

    • ‘These days, we're reeking with inverted snobbery, and in my ‘humble’ opinion there's nothing worse than inverted snobbery, especially when it involves conservation.’
    • ‘I have a kind of inverted snobbery when it comes to what is still ridiculously called the ‘official’ festival.’
    • ‘And that's the trouble with the little people of football, with its inverted snobbery and its jealousies so prevalent and so marked on sleeves, as they try to criticise other games, usually rugby.’
    • ‘There is ten times as much inverted snobbery around as the ‘normal’ sort.’
    • ‘He expresses loathing for its stuffy, class-ridden collegiate atmosphere, and incomprehension for the very British phenomenon of inverted snobbery.’
    • ‘We have a kind of inverted snobbery about garden plants; many gardeners look down their noses at the native species and praise the foreign exotics.’
    • ‘The Scottish mindset, not averse to a bit of inverted snobbery now and then, collectively ignores the game and its perceived hoity-toity primness.’
    • ‘Then, when I was in a band, there was inverted snobbery, because the British still want their rock heroes to be working-class.’
    • ‘In these days of inverted snobbery, better to be a vandal.’
    • ‘Such inverted snobbery has turned him into that rare creature, a critically adored novelist who actually sells books.’
    • ‘What is this if not inverted snobbery and the politics of envy?’
    • ‘Unfortunately it won't receive a fraction of the attention got by each dollop of Carey's inverted snobbery.’
    • ‘From the sink estate to the shooting estate, Kane blasts snobbery and inverted snobbery with equal vigour.’
    • ‘The word ‘snob’ has been heard, which is not far short of a hanging offence in modern Britain, a land that makes such a virtue of inverted snobbery.’
    • ‘Not that we should apply any inverted snobbery to an issue that deserves to keep it's focus and not blown off course with arguments about class and status.’
    • ‘From snobbery to inverted snobbery, fox-hunting has become a useful backdrop for those with a different agenda.’
    • ‘Clever ad campaigns have helped, and now there is a strong streak of inverted snobbery to Skoda ownership.’
    • ‘Yet today the subject has been so dramatically democratised that there is even an inverted snobbery, eg a ‘black sheep’ website offering a shortcut to people who want to trace their descent from a highwayman, cattle stealer or convict.’
    • ‘There is an inverted snobbery about much British comedy which dictates that working-class comics are somehow more authentic and that their observations are more truthful than those of middle-class comics.’
    • ‘To some, this indicated a fickleness, a shallowness, an inverted snobbery, an unseemly arrested development.’