English Synonyms and Antonyms
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?
PaleyMoral 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.
Only an essentially vicious mind is capable of a sneer at virtue.
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jeer, jeering, mockery, scoff, scoffingverb
showing your contempt by derision
jeer, scoff, flout, barrack, gibeverb
laugh at with contempt and derision
"The crowd jeered at the speaker"
treat with contemptuous disregard
"flout the rules"
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For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit, in which, as nothing is omitted that is both necessary and useful to know, so nothing is taught but what is expedient to know. Therefore we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what it is in any way profitable to suppress.
I'm rather pro-European, actually. I certainly want a European community where one can go and scoff croissants, drink delicious coffee, learn foreign languages and generally make love to foreign women.
You know who has tenure? The pope has tenure. The Queen of England has tenure. So does Fidel and the communists - because they represent the people, of course (scoff). Federal judges have tenure as well - no federal judge has ever successfully been removed. And then there's the college professors. Me. How do you like that?
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- verschlingen, spötteln, spotten, SpottGerman
- pilkata, iva, pilkka, ivata, ilkkuaFinnish
- hæða, gera gys, draga dárIcelandic
- mangiare, scherno, fare il verso, deridere, ingozzarsi, schernire, cibarsi, verso, cibaria, derisione, nutrirsiItalian
- tāwai, kaihorohoro, hāupaupa, kai hāporo, taunuMāori
- spotten, schrokken, etenDutch
- лопать, осмеивать, уплетать, насмехаться, насмешкаRussian
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