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pour scorn on

Definition of pour scorn on in English:

Speak with contempt or mockery of: he poured scorn on the Conservatives' pre-election assurances
More example sentences
  • There exists a grave mistake where people think Westernisation is development and pour scorn on all who try to uphold and espouse our local traditions.
  • I really do not want to discourage, or to pour scorn on, Mr Hide's hopes in that regard.
  • This was a phrase that Wallis would pour scorn on when he attacked Hobbes' ideas.
Synonyms
disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, belittle, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate;
scoff at, sneer at, laugh at, laugh off, mock, ridicule, deride, dismiss, scorn, cast aspersions on, discredit;
North American slur
informal do down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, drag through the mud, have a go at, hit out at, knock, slam, pan, bash, bad-mouth, pooh-pooh, look down one's nose at
British informal rubbish, slate, slag off
archaic hold cheap
rare asperse, derogate, misprize, minify
See parent entry: scorn

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