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Negative TonePlay
Using 'scoff' can show disapproval or scorn towards someone's ideas or actions. SlideMy colleagues scoffed at the proposal, doubting its practicality.
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Subtle BelittlingPlay
'Scoff' implies thinking someone or something is inferior or not worthy of serious consideration. SlideHe scoffed at the concept, calling it a child's fantasy.
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'Scoff' is more common in spoken English and can sound too casual in formal writing. SlideDuring lunch, they scoffed at the rumor, finding it ridiculous.