Scoffing
Scoff Scoff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Scoffed} (?; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scoffing}.] [Cf. Dan. skuffe to deceive, delude, Icel. skopa to scoff, OD. schoppen. See {Scoff}, n.] To show insolent ridicule or mockery; to manifest contempt by derisive acts or language; -- often with at. [1913 Webster]

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools who came to scoff, remained to pray. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

God's better gift they scoff at and refuse. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To sneer; mock; gibe; jeer. See {Sneer}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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