(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. smile, jeer, taunt, scoff; flout, deride. See contempt.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. smirk, grin, curl of one's lip, leer.
Syn. mock, scoff, jeer, gibe, taunt, disparage, slight, scorn, despise, underrate, decry, belittle, detract, lampoon, ridicule, deride, twit, flout, burlesque, caricature, travesty, laugh at, look down, insult, affront, disdain, curl one's lip, fleer, rally, satirize, condemn, give the raspberry*, give the Bronx cheer*; see also doubt 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
smile sarcastically, smile with contempt, mock, scoff, ridicule, make fun of, curl one's lip, taunt.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun A facial expression or laugh conveying scorn or derision: fleer, snicker, snigger. See EXPRESS, LAUGHTER, RESPECT. II verb To smile or laugh scornfully or derisively: fleer, snicker, snigger. Idiom: curl one's lip. See EXPRESS, LAUGHTER, RESPECT.

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