Synonyms of scorn in English:


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See Spanish definition of desdén


1‘he was unable to hide the scorn in his voice’

contempt, derision, contemptuousness, disdain, derisiveness, scornfulness, mockery, sneering, scoffing
archaic contumely, despite

admiration, respect


1‘critics scorned the painting, but it was very popular with those who attended the exhibition’

deride, be contemptuous about, hold in contempt, treat with contempt, heap scorn on, pour scorn on, be scornful about, look down on, look down one's nose at, disdain, curl one's lip at, mock, scoff at, sneer at, sniff at, jeer at, laugh at, laugh out of court
disparage, slight
dismiss, cock a snook at, spit in the eye of, spit in the face of, spit on, thumb one's nose at
informal turn one's nose up at, blow raspberries at
North American informal give the Bronx cheer to
British vulgar slang piss on, piss over
archaic contemn
rare misprize, scout

admire, respect

2‘‘I am a woman scorned,’ she thought’

spurn, rebuff, reject, ignore, shun, snub

3‘even at her lowest ebb, she would have scorned to stoop to such tactics’

refuse to, refrain from, not lower oneself to
be above, consider it beneath one


    pour scorn on

    ‘he pours scorn on the idea that any such thing could really exist’

    disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, belittle, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
    scoff at, sneer at, laugh at, laugh off, mock, ridicule, deride, dismiss, scorn, cast aspersions on, discredit
    North American slur
    informal do down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, drag through the mud, have a go at, hit out at, knock, slam, pan, bash, bad-mouth, pooh-pooh, look down one's nose at
    British informal rubbish, slate, slag off
    archaic hold cheap
    rare asperse, derogate, misprize, minify