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

Definition of scornful

: full of scorn : contemptuous

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Other Words from scornful

scornfully \ ˈskȯrn-​fə-​lē How to pronounce scornfully (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 That assertion generates a ripple of scornful noise in the theater. Lawrence Specker |, al, "A timeline of Deepwater Horizon disaster in Alabama," 19 Apr. 2020 The poll showed that far more Republicans than Democrats were being influenced by Trump's dismissive depictions of the virus and the comparably scornful coverage on Fox News and other conservative networks. Anchorage Daily News, "The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged," 5 Apr. 2020 Many Muscovites on the streets appeared to be less scornful. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Amid Balmy Winter, Moscow Trucked in Heaps of Fake Snow. A Blizzard Ensued.," 30 Dec. 2019 Cameras rolled and Scott and Rose got into a disagreement, then Rose’s character, scornful of her father, walked off while Scott staring into the abyss. Christopher Borrelli,, "Behind the odd charm of the ‘Batwoman’ set in Chicago, even after they kicked me off," 2 Oct. 2019 Trump is scornful of international institutions, denigrates America’s traditional allies and defines the nation’s interests in narrowly material terms. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019 Second, despite this rapid progress, polls show that Peruvians are unusually scornful of their politicians and their democracy. The Economist, "Peru’s president opens Pandora’s box," 10 Oct. 2019 Apart from offering a primer in Chinese political invective, Ms. Hua’s scornful response illustrated how brittle Chinese-American relations have become. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s Response to Pence Speech: ‘Sheer Arrogance’," 25 Oct. 2019 Gorsuch writes clear opinions that are easy to read, but without the sarcastic jabs and scornful put-downs that were characteristic of Scalia. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, "Justice Gorsuch book touts Scalia’s views and civility in the Trump era," 9 Sep. 2019

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scornful

: feeling or showing scorn


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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