Synonyms of scorn in English:


See definition of scorn


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



      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


      hold cheap


      asperse, derogate, misprize, minify