Synonyms and Antonyms of scornful
1 feeling or showing open dislike for someone or something regarded as undeserving of respect or concern <the actress gave the paparazzi a scornful glare before breezing on by them> Synonyms abhorrent, disdainful, contemptuousRelated Words bold-faced, brash, brassy, brazen, cheeky, cocky, discourteous, disrespectful, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, sassy, saucy; arrogant, cavalier, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-handed, high-hat, pretentious, uppish, uppity; haughty, lofty, lordly, prideful, sniffish, snobbish, supercilious; pompous, self-important, superior; catty, cruel, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, spitefulNear Antonyms deferential, regardful, respectful; accepting, tolerant; courteous, politeAntonyms admiring, applauding, appreciative, approving
2 intended to make a person or thing seem of little importance or value <the tenant's complaints were met with the scornful observation that he expected too much for the rent he was paying> Synonyms belittling, contemptuous, decrying, degrading, demeaning, denigrative, denigratory, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derisory, derogative, detractive, disdainful, disparaging, pejorative, derogatory, slighting, uncomplimentaryRelated Words aspersing, calumnious, defamatory, insulting, libelous (or libellous), maligning, slandering, slanderous, vilifying; abusive, opprobrious, scurrilous; catty, cruel, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, spiteful, unkind, virulent; critical, denunciative, denunciatory; acrimonious, bitter, envious, jaundiced, jealous, rancorous, resentful; acrid, caustic, scathing, venomousNear Antonyms admiring, adulatory, applauding, approving, friendly, positive; appreciative, respectful; kind, kindhearted, kindly, sympathetic, unmalicious, warm, warmheartedAntonyms commendatory, complimentary, laudative, laudatory
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