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[skawrn-fuh l] /ˈskɔrn fəl/
full of scorn; derisive; contemptuous:
He smiled in a scornful way.
1350-1400; Middle English; see scorn, -ful
Related forms
scornfully, adverb
scornfulness, noun
unscornful, adjective
unscornfully, adverb
unscornfulness, noun Unabridged
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Examples 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.

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