Scorn vs Criticize - What's the difference?

scorn | criticize |

As verbs the difference between scorn and criticize

is that scorn is to feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise while criticize is to find fault (with something).

As a noun scorn

is (uncountable) contempt or disdain.




(en verb)
  • To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
  • * C. J. Smith
  • We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful.
  • To scoff, express contempt.
  • To reject, turn down
  • He scorned her romantic advances.
  • To refuse to do something, as beneath oneself.
  • She scorned to show weakness.


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  • (uncountable) Contempt or disdain.
  • (countable) A display of disdain; a slight.
  • * Dryden
  • Every sullen frown and bitter scorn / But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn.
  • (countable) An object of disdain, contempt, or derision.
  • * Bible, Psalms xliv. 13
  • Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

    Usage notes

    * Scorn'' is often used in the phrases ''pour scorn on'' and ''heap scorn on .


    * circa 1605': The cry is still 'They come': our castle's strength / Will laugh a siege to '''scorn — '' * 1967', Rain of tears, real, mist of imagined '''scorn — John Berryman, ''Berryman's Sonnets . New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


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    Derived terms

    * scornful





    Alternative forms

    * criticise (UK )


    (criticiz) (transitive'' or ''intransitive )
  • to find fault (with something)
  • to evaluate (something), and judge its merits and faults
  • Hyponyms

    * find fault * shoot down * trash out * fustigate * drub * excoriate * run down

    See also

    * scold * complain