scoffing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scoffing showing your contempt by derision
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Usage

In literature:

And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things; and they scoffed at him.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
Oku scoffed at all this gossip.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
How scoffingly they sing about me!
"Tristan and Isolda" by Richard Wagner
New inventions of warfare changed the scoffings in Europe into alarm for their own security.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
I am a weak, a tender hearted man, and must weep when I am scoffed at.
"The Home in the Valley" by Emilie F. Carlén
I have carried these precautions so far that I am often scoffed at.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
In these letters he scoffed at the Constituent Assembly as a poor thing to satisfy hungry men.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
But that young Torode only scoffed at me.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
The street cad scoffed as he hunted the hat, The errand-boy shouted hooray!
"The Scarlet Gown being verses by a St. Andrews Man" by R. F. Murray
His writings occasionally made light of religion and the priests, and scoffed at their practices.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
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In poetry:

When the Lord was crucified,
Two transgressors with him died;
One with vile blaspheming tongue,
Scoffed at Jesus as he hung.
"The Two Malefactors" by John Newton
But envy soon scoffed down his shame;
And with a smile, designed for fawning,
But like hell's daybreak sickly dawning,
His crafty accents came.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
'Oh oft have I scoffed at brave Fridigern,
But never will I scoff more,
If these be the walls which kept him out
From the Micklegard there on the shore.'
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
Just such a man was Bernaqrd Jupp
He scoffed at Fortune's frown;
He gaily drained his bitter cup -
Though Fortune often threw him up,
It never cast him down.
"A Worm Will Turn" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thou didst not grieve with futile wailing
When altars crumbled far and near,
When gods were scoffed, and faith was failing,
And worship lessened year by year.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
Though many scoffed, yet some gave heed;
Though many scorned, yet some have prayed,
And found in that dread hour of need
Thy Christ, their refuge and their aid;
Their friend, while passing through that vale
Where all our mortal friendship fail.
"A Holy Messenger" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Climate change is real, maybe you've heard, but if you're still scoffing at the relevant science, just check in on the Pirates.
Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall scoffed in September that broadcast analyst Sterling Sharpe had no right to judge him.
We hear you Prius drivers scoffing back there.
Some scoffed at early hype that the games would be a breakout moment for women, but 11 days in, female athletes have dominated the headlines.
When Texaco said it wanted an agency for a new corporate image campaign, people scoffed.
Cuomo has privately scoffed at the depictions of him as a centrist, mainly because they are made by pundits who don't know what it would mean if Democrats took control of the body.
Recently there have been reports of politicians scoffing the suggestion that government should pattern its financial planning more in keeping with that of the private sector.
People always talk about how much cell phones and Facebook have ruined society's ability to talk to each other face to face, and generally I have scoffed at the suggestion.
"Truro is a hole," scoffed Timothy, a student from Halifax.
In 2010, Spears scoffed at tabloid rumors that boyfriend Jason Trawick was physically abusive.
When Texas Gov Rick Perry said last month that his state had the right to secede from the United States, liberals scoffed, laughing at the mere suggestion.
The first draft of a ballpark lease agreement has some Wilmington City Council members scoffing at the deal.
The hacker who claims to have naked pictures of Blake Lively has just upped the ante, scoffing at claims the pics are photoshopped … and he's posted more pictures to prove his case.
Jim Dwyer reports that Mayor Michael R Bloomberg offered a "scoffing dismissal" to the suggestion that innocent people are wrongly charged with trespassing in New York City public housing.
And you scoffed when we predicted as much back in August.
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