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[skawrn-fuh l]
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  1. full of scorn; derisive; contemptuous: He smiled in a scornful way.
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Origin of scornful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at scorn, -ful
Related formsscorn·ful·ly, adverbscorn·ful·ness, nounun·scorn·ful, adjectiveun·scorn·ful·ly, adverbun·scorn·ful·ness, noun
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Related Words for scornful

sneering, disdainful, contemptuous, derisive, rude, mocking, disparaging, sardonic, arrogant, cynical, egotistic, haughty, hypercritical, insolent, overbearing, snooty, supercilious, abusive, insulting, jeering

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Contemporary Examples of scornful

Historical Examples of scornful

  • Why then, you are to put off that scornful look, and hear what Mr. Solmes has to say to you.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • She was exactly the same as when they had parted, just as handsome, just as scornful, just as repressed.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She repelled my mocking smile with a glance of scornful indignation.

  • Why should people be so scornful of us who stand on our heads?

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • She turned towards him quickly, and with a scornful look and flashing eyes.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

Word Origin and History for scornful


mid-14c.; see scorn (n.) + -ful. Scorny was 19c. U.S. colloquial. Related: Scornfully; scornfulness.

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