What does scornful mean?

Definitions for scornful
ˈskɔrn fəlscorn·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemptuous, disdainful, insulting, scornfuladjective

    expressing extreme contempt


  1. scornfuladjective

    Showing scorn or disrespect; contemptuous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scornfuladjective

    Etymology: scorn and full.

    Th’ enamour’d deity
    The scornful damsel shuns. Dryden.

    With him I o’er the hills had run,
    Scornful of Winter’s frost and Summer’s sun. Matthew Prior.


  1. scornful

    Scornful refers to feeling or expressing contempt or derision towards someone or something. It involves displaying a strong dislike, lack of respect, or disapproval, often in a demeaning or degrading manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scornfuladjective

    full of scorn or contempt; contemptuous; disdainful

  2. Scornfuladjective

    treated with scorn; exciting scorn

Editors Contribution


    If you are scornful of someone or something, you show contempt for them.a very strong feeling of no respect for someone or something that you think is stupid or has no value;to treat with a great lack of respect, or to refuse something because you think it is wrong or not acceptable;to show scorn for someone or something;to refuse advice or an offer because you are too proud; To consider or treat as contemptible or unworthy;To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath one's dignity;full of scorn : CONTEMPTUOUS,abhorrent,disdainful;feeling or expressing scorn;Disrespect and not showing respect:scorn,disdain,contempt,insulting, mocking, defiant,full of scorn, derisive,withering, sneering, slighting, jeering, scoffing, scathing, sarcastic, sardonic, haughty,insolent,supercilious, contumelious.

    with China’s leadership focused only on its own advantage and America’s as scornful of the World Health Organisation as it is of the Paris climate agreement, neither calamity is getting the co-ordinated international response it deserves.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scornful in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scornful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of scornful in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.

  2. Socrates:

    Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.

  3. George Eliot:

    The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth.

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