What does taunting mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twit, taunt, taunting(adj)

    aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing

  2. derisive, gibelike, jeering, mocking, taunting(adj)

    abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule

    "derisive laughter"; "a jeering crowd"; "her mocking smile"; "taunting shouts of `coward' and `sissy'"


  1. taunting(Adjective)

    that taunts or provokes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taunting

    of Taunt

  2. Taunting

    a. & n. from Taunt, v


  1. Taunting

    A taunt is a battle cry, a method in hand-to-hand combat, sarcastic remark, gesture, or insult intended to demoralize the recipient, or to anger them and encourage reactionary behaviors without thinking. Taunting can exist as a form of social competition to gain control of the target's cultural capital. In sociological theory, the control of the three social capitals is used to produce an advantage in the social hierarchy as to enforce one's own position in relation to others. Taunting is committed by either directly, or indirectly encouraging others to taunt the target. The target may give a response in kind to maintain status, as in fighting words and trash-talk. Taunts are also a genre of Folklore.

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  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of taunting in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of taunting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of taunting in a Sentence

  1. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer:

    Dylan Noble thought Dylan Noble was either taunting Dylan Noble or was practicing pulling out a gun.

  2. Sheriff Rick Staly:

    Valdez thought it would be a good idea to make taunting comments on Facebook after he was featured on last Friday’s episode of Fugitive Friday Bingo, this, obviously, was not the first bad idea he has had in his life.

  3. Liz Throssell:

    The latest video, which was posted on social media this month, seems to shows LNA fighters kicking and taunting prisoners, while al-Werfalli is apparently heard accusing two men who have their hands tied behind their backs of belonging to terrorist groups.

  4. Sheriff Rick Staly:

    Taunting the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will only make you a bigger target on our radar, he will now get a very good look at the new jail signs which he finds ‘hilarious’ when he is booked in to the Green Roof Inn. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    President Donald Trump is goading us to impeach President Donald Trump, that's what President Donald Trump's doing. Every single day, President Donald Trump's just like taunting, taunting, taunting because President Donald Trump knows that it would be very divisive in the country, but President Donald Trump doesn't really care. President Donald Trump just wants to solidify President Donald Trump base.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. aberrate
    • B. suffuse
    • C. excogitate
    • D. abet

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