One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Speak with contempt or mockery of.‘he poured scorn on the Conservatives' pre-election assurances’
disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, belittle, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimateView synonyms
- ‘Doubters and critics have poured scorn on our ambitious plans or urged speed when a more thoughtful approach was deserved and required.’
- ‘Many in the arts industry reacted with horror to such an idea, pouring scorn on the author.’
- ‘This was a phrase that Wallis would pour scorn on when he attacked Hobbes' ideas.’
- ‘There exists a grave mistake where people think Westernisation is development and pour scorn on all who try to uphold and espouse our local traditions.’
- ‘The group poured scorn on the idea that a merger between Bank of Ireland and AIB would be good for the country, saying it was ‘fantasy’.’
- ‘Without being triumphalist or pouring scorn on media forecasts, he admitted the build-up to the game worked out perfectly for him.’
- ‘She pours scorn on plans to capitalise on the growing movement for father's rights.’
- ‘I considered calling in the authorities, but a friend of mine pours scorn on anyone who summons the police for a problem that they could solve themselves.’
- ‘In fact, he pours scorn on the idea that any such thing could really exist.’
- ‘I really do not want to discourage, or to pour scorn on, Mr Hide's hopes in that regard.’
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