Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being scornful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being scornful or contemptuous.

Etymologies

scornful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You would have thought that in the scornfulness of her nature she must have sprung upon her foe with more of fierceness than of skill; but this was not so, for with all the force and vehemence of her invective she displayed a sober, patient, and minute attention to the details of vituperation, which contributed to its success a thousand times more than mere violence.

    Eothen

  • It evoked a strong desire to mock and ape, and produced in his throat a cough of singular scornfulness, more particularly when Mr. Rusper also assisted, with an assumed unconsciousness that was all his own.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • The pastor of Plymouth uttered this attack upon Germany with a scornfulness which the printed word can hardly indicate.

    The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol. 1, January 9, 1915 What Americans Say to Europe

  • For the representing of so strange a power in love, procureth delight: and the scornfulness of the action stirreth laughter.

    English literary criticism

  • All explanations and excuses he trod under foot with utter scornfulness.

    Stories of Achievement, Volume III (of 6) Orators and Reformers

  • Even Jed Tighe read the little sheet every week, in spite of his alleged scornfulness.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

  • "Gee!" she panted at him with an angry scornfulness which made him wince.

    Man to Man

  • For as in Alexander’s picture well set out we delight without laughter, and in twenty mad antics we laugh without delight; so in Hercules, painted with his great beard and furious countenance, in woman’s attire, spinning at Omphale’s commandment, it breedeth both delight and laughter; for the representing of so strange a power in love, procureth delight, and the scornfulness of the action stirreth laughter.

    The Defense of Poesy

  • The monk trembled when he heard those words, for he knew that his scornfulness had been discovered, and he followed the Abbot in great confusion.

    A Child's Book of Saints

  • When she looked at him her eyes under her level brows held a certain scornfulness.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man

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