Riddled vs Scorn - What's the difference?

riddled | scorn |

As verbs the difference between riddled and scorn

is that riddled is (riddle) while scorn is to feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.

As an adjective riddled

is damaged throughout by holes.

As a noun scorn is

(uncountable) contempt or disdain.




(en adjective)
  • Damaged throughout by holes.
  • Having (something) spread throughout, as if by an infestation.
  • #
  • The minister claimed that the old benefits system was riddled with abuse and fraud.
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  • #* 2008 , Joan London, The Good Parents , Random House Australia, ISBN 978-1-74166-793-6, page 235:
  • They took a swig each from an old bottle of sherry and ate some stale digestive biscuits sealed in a tin in the mouse-riddled cupboards.
  • Verb

  • (riddle)
  • Anagrams





    (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.


    * See also


  • (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.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * scornful