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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 for scornfully
  • The genuine antiquary would scornfully call anything modern whose date could be placed this side of the century mark.
  • To no avail: the top civil servant in the defence ministry scornfully dismissed the court's ruling.
  • The government scornfully dismissed the criticism: better to provide shelter than ponder it in interminable working groups.
  • If you are not too friendly with them, they may respond scornfully.
  • Convictions expressed with the utmost confidence in the first edition of a book are scornfully renounced in the second.
  • Resentment for his groundless suspicion would have prompted her to turn scornfully from him: but she did not dare.
Word Origin and History for scornfully

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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