Etymology
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scornful (adj.)

mid-14c., "mocking, derisive;" c. 1400, "disdainful;"  see scorn (n.) + -ful. From 1560s as "provoking or exciting contempt." Scorny was 19c. U.S. colloquial. Related: Scornfully; scornfulness. An older adverb was scornliche (c. 1300).

updated on February 08, 2022

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