sneer synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term sneer:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneer, leernoun

    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls

    Synonyms:
    leer, sneer

  2. sneerverb

    a contemptuous or scornful remark

    Synonyms:
    leer

  3. sneerverb

    express through a scornful smile

  4. sneerverb

    smile contemptuously

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sneer

    A sneer may be simply a contemptuous facial contortion, or it may be some brief satirical utterance that throws a contemptuous side-light on what it attacks without attempting to prove or disprove; a depreciatory implication may be given in a sneer such as could only be answered by elaborate argument or proof, which would seem to give the attack undue importance:

    Who can refute a sneer?

    Paley Moral Philosophy bk. v, ch. ix.

    A fling is careless and commonly pettish; a taunt is intentionally insulting and provoking; the sneer is supercilious; the taunt is defiant. The jeer and gibe are uttered; the gibe is bitter, and often sly or covert; the jeer is rude and open. A scoff may be in act or word, and is commonly directed against that which claims honor, reverence, or worship. Compare BANTER.

    Synonyms:
    fling, gibe, jeer, mock, scoff, taunt

    Preposition:
    Only an essentially vicious mind is capable of a sneer at virtue.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sneerverb

    Synonyms:
    scoff, gibe, jeer, flout, mock, fleer, rail, turn up the nose

  2. sneernoun

    Synonyms:
    scoff, jeer, jibe, fling



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