Definition of scornful in English:

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scornful

Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːnfʊl/
/ˈskɔːnf(ə)l/

adjective

Feeling or expressing contempt or derision: the opposition were scornful of the Prime Minister’s proposal scornful laughter
More example sentences
  • She swallowed, trying to control her fury as Matt's scornful laughter reached her ears once again.
  • Before he could reach it, they opened and a large gang of girls trooped out, howling with scornful laughter.
  • She gave him a slightly scornful glance, and he racked his brains to see if he could find the reason for the non sequitur.
Synonyms
contemptuous, full of contempt, derisive, derisory, withering, mocking, scoffing, sneering, jeering, scathing, snide, disparaging, slighting, supercilious, disdainful, superior, dismissive
informal sniffy, snotty
archaic contumelious

Derivatives

scornfully

Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːnfʊli/ /ˈskɔːnf(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • I gave a derisive snort and laughed scornfully.
  • In other writings, he is scornfully dismissive of the idea that there is such a thing as ‘the truth.’
  • ‘I know that,’ I said scornfully, my impatience vibrating off the bannisters.
Synonyms
contemptuously, with contempt, derisively, witheringly, mockingly, with a sneer, scathingly, snidely, disparagingly, superciliously, disdainfully, dismissively
informal sniffily, snottily

scornfulness

Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːnfʊlnəs/ /ˈskɔːnf(ə)lnəs/
noun
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