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scornful

[skawrn-fuh l] /ˈskɔrn fəl/
adjective
1.
full of scorn; derisive; contemptuous:
He smiled in a scornful way.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see scorn, -ful
Related forms
scornfully, adverb
scornfulness, noun
unscornful, adjective
unscornfully, adverb
unscornfulness, noun
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Examples from the web for scornful
  • If an exception was made they were always treated with scornful or pitying condescension.
  • And in the gloom and thickness of the beard his dark red mouth showed sensual and scornful.
  • But he seemed to stand apart, and eye this former self with scornful pitying, but half-envious curiosity.
  • The way he handled it made her think he was scornful of its binding or paper stock, but then he read the dust flap, shuddered.
  • He sketched a hasty portrait of a wasted crone with a scornful grimace and a ramrod spine.
Word Origin and History for scornful
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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