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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Laugh, Laugh to Scorn

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1: γελάω

(Strong's #1070 — Verb — gelao — ghel-ah'-o )

"to laugh," is found in Luke 6:21,25 . This signifies loud laughter in contrast to demonstrative weeping.

2: καταγελάω

(Strong's #2606 — Verb — katagelao — kat-ag-el-ah'-o )

denotes "to laugh scornfully at," more emphatic than No. 1 (kata, "down," used intensively, and No. 1), and signifies derisive laughter, Matthew 9:24; Mark 5:40; Luke 8:53 . Cp. ekmukterizo, "to deride."

Note: The laughter of incredulity, as in Genesis 17:17; 18:12 , is not mentioned in the NT.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Laugh, Laugh to Scorn'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/l/laugh-laugh-to-scorn.html. 1940.

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