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The lesson should never be lost on us, that the devil was depicted as a sneerer!

There was an outburst of applause, and the sneerer was silenced.

The sneerer hesitated, and finally said he "guessed it was."

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from North Frisian sneere "to scorn," related to Old English fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (cf. Danish snærre "to grin like a dog," Middle Dutch, Middle High German snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1670s; sense of "to curl the upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. Related: Sneered; sneering. Sneer word is in E. Digby Baltzell (1987).

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