a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
a contemptuous or scornful remark
express through a scornful smile
"she sneered her contempt"
"she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A sneer may be simply a contemptuous facial contortion, or it may be some brief satirical utterance that throws a contemptuous side-light on what it attacks without attempting to prove or disprove; a depreciatory implication may be given in a sneer such as could only be answered by elaborate argument or proof, which would seem to give the attack undue importance:
Who can refute a sneer?
PaleyMoral Philosophy bk. v, ch. ix.
A fling is careless and commonly pettish; a taunt is intentionally insulting and provoking; the sneer is supercilious; the taunt is defiant. The jeer and gibe are uttered; the gibe is bitter, and often sly or covert; the jeer is rude and open. A scoff may be in act or word, and is commonly directed against that which claims honor, reverence, or worship. Compare BANTER.
Only an essentially vicious mind is capable of a sneer at virtue.
Translations for sneer
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- somriure de menyspreu, somriure d'escarniCatalan, Valencian
- burlarse, burlaSpanish
- ivahymy, ivallisesti, irvistää, irvistysFinnish
- sogghigno, sogghignare, ghigno, ghignareItalian
- whakarāwai, whakahīhīMāori
- neus, optrekken, ophalen, deDutch
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