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 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 Back to the estate, heaped huge and black and scornful against the starless sky. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?," 27 Apr. 2021 The 51-year-old gospel singer took to social media on Saturday (March 13) to share a video of himself expressing regret over a scornful phone conversation with his son Kerrion Franklin. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Kirk Franklin Apologizes After Leaked Profanity-Laced Phone Call With Son," 14 Mar. 2021 In what was meant to be a triumphant moment, some found themselves the targets of skeptical or even scornful comments from people opposed to vaccines. Sarah Frier,, "Nurses Celebrating Covid-19 Vaccines Battle Social Media Scorn," 24 Dec. 2020 Campaigning in Philadelphia, a scornful Biden accused Trump of purposely trying to suppress turnout and undermining the country’s fundamental values. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: The final flurry," 2 Nov. 2020 Their scornful attitude towards perfectly sincere IWW and AFL men. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 Jazlynn Major was dug in, refusing to vacate her Central City apartment and hurling insults at her landlord in a series of scornful text messages. Ramon Antonio Vargas,, "Evicted Loyola law student allegedly threatened landlord before New Orleans apartment fire," 3 Sep. 2020 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 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

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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