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SCOFF, v.i. [Gr. The primary sense is probably to throw. But I do not find the word in the English and Greek sense, in any modern language except the English.]

To treat with insolent ridicule, mockery or contumelious language; to manifest contempt by derision; with at. To scoff at religion and sacred things is evidence of extreme weakness and folly, as well as of wickedness.

They shall scoff at the kings. Hab. 1.

SCOFF, v.t. To treat with derision or scorn.

SCOFF, n. Derision, ridicule, mockery or reproach, expressed in language of contempt; expression of scorn or contempt.

With scoffs and scorns and contumelious taunts.



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SCOFF, v.i. [Gr. The primary sense is probably to throw. But I do not find the word in the English and Greek sense, in any modern language except the English.]

To treat with insolent ridicule, mockery or contumelious language; to manifest contempt by derision; with at. To scoff at religion and sacred things is evidence of extreme weakness and folly, as well as of wickedness.

They shall scoff at the kings. Hab. 1.

SCOFF, v.t. To treat with derision or scorn.

SCOFF, n. Derision, ridicule, mockery or reproach, expressed in language of contempt; expression of scorn or contempt.

With scoffs and scorns and contumelious taunts.

SCOFF, v.t.

To treat with derision or scorn. – Fotherby


SCOFF, n.

Derision, ridicule, mockery or reproach, expressed in language of contempt; expression of scorn or contempt. With scoffs and scorns and contumelious taunts. – Shak.


SCOFF, v.i. [Gr. σκωπτω. The primary sense is probably to throw, in which sense it coincides with the D. schoppen, G. schuppen, to push, to shove. But I do not find the word in the English and Greek sense, in any modern language except the English.]

To treat with insolent ridicule, mockery or contumelious language; to manifest contempt by derision; with at. To scoff at religion and sacred things is evidence of extreme weakness and folly, as well as of wickedness. They shall scoff at the kings. – Hab. i.


Scoff
  1. Derision; ridicule; mockery; derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.

    With scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts. Shak.

  2. To show insolent ridicule or mockery] to manifest contempt by derisive acts or language; -- often with at.

    Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
    And fools who came to scoff, remained to pray.
    Goldsmith.

    God's better gift they scoff at and refuse. Cowper.

    Syn. -- To sneer; mock; gibe; jeer. See Sneer.

  3. To treat or address with derision; to assail scornfully; to mock at.

    To scoff religion is ridiculously proud and immodest. Glanvill.

  4. An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.

    The scoff of withered age and beardless youth. Cowper.

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Scoff

SCOFF, verb intransitive [Gr. The primary sense is probably to throw. But I do not find the word in the English and Greek sense, in any modern language except the English.]

To treat with insolent ridicule, mockery or contumelious language; to manifest contempt by derision; with at. To scoff at religion and sacred things is evidence of extreme weakness and folly, as well as of wickedness.

They shall scoff at the kings. Habakkuk 1:10.

SCOFF, verb transitive To treat with derision or scorn.

SCOFF, noun Derision, ridicule, mockery or reproach, expressed in language of contempt; expression of scorn or contempt.

With scoffs and scorns and contumelious taunts.

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