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Dictionary Definition

sneer

Noun

1 a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls [syn: leer]
2 a contemptuous or scornful remark

Verb

1 express through a scornful smile; "she sneered her contempt"
2 smile contemptuously; "she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • sniːɹ

Verb

  1. To raise a corner of the upper lip slightly, especially in scorn

Translations

raise a corner of the upper lip slightly in scorn
  • Dutch: de neus optrekken/ophalen
  • Finnish: ivata, naureskella
  • Hebrew: סנט
  • Spanish: burlarse

Noun

  1. A slightly raised corner of the upper lip, which generally indicates scorn

Translations

facial expression that indicates scorn

See also

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • /sner/|lang=nl

Noun

  1. A snide remark.

Verb

Extensive Definition

A sneer is a scornful facial expression characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip.
It is used to express contempt and a sneer can be a facial expression, sound, or statement.
“Who can refute a sneer?” -William Paley (1743–1805): Moral Philosophy Vol. ii, Book v, Chap. 9

Biblical Sneers

There are five sneers recorded in the Bible:
  • The wicked sneer at God (Isaiah 57:4)
  • The arrogant man sneers at his enemies (Psalm 10:6)
  • The Pharisees sneered at Jesus (Luke 16:14)
  • The people and rulers sneered at Jesus on the cross (Luke 23:35)
  • The men of Athens sneered at Paul (Acts 17:32)

References

  • John Bartlett (1820–1905), Familiar Quotations, 10th ed, 1919, p.861

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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