scorn·​ful | \ ˈskȯrn-fəl How to pronounce scornful (audio) \

Definition of scornful

: full of scorn : contemptuous

Other Words from scornful

scornfully \ ˈskȯrn-​fə-​lē How to pronounce scornful (audio) \ adverb
scornfulness noun

Examples of scornful in a Sentence

He's scornful of anyone who disagrees with his political beliefs. the actress gave the paparazzi a scornful glare before breezing on by them
Recent Examples on the Web After Tufts announced last month that the university would require students to wear masks through the end of the final exam season, the app was inundated with posts that were scornful of students with health issues. New York Times, 27 May 2022 Architecture critics were scornful of what Caruso wrought next to the historic Farmers Market in L.A.’s Fairfax district. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2022 The scornful cat looked him carefully in the eye, still holding that same unhidden venom. Autumn Blodgett, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Aug. 2011 In a scornful voice, flat with despair, Charlotte told her not to be ridiculous. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Collin Morikawa was scornful on the lack of concrete specifics, hinting at a Keystone Cops incompetence that has been a hallmark of Norman's recurring efforts to disrupt the PGA Tour. Eamon Lynch, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 Jen Psaki's scornful response to the idea of free at-home tests reflects just how shortsighted the U.S. government's response to Covid-19 still is. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 8 Dec. 2021 There are good reasons to be scornful of this Machiavellian market—and better reasons to double down on the fight to make carbon credits count. Stephen Lezak, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 Higher ed faculty and administrators at other universities were openly scornful of the university’s action, castigating it as a trampling of free speech rights. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scornful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Scornful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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scorn·​ful | \ ˈskȯrn-fəl How to pronounce scornful (audio) \

Kids Definition of scornful

: feeling or showing disgust and anger

Other Words from scornful

scornfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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