askance askance  /ə ˈskæns/


  1. (adv) with a side or oblique glance
  2. (adj) (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
  3. (adv) with suspicion or disapproval


  1. While some Americans might look askance at the prospect of Hispanization, it is already a fact of life in Miami.
  2. Looking askance at the voting districts of Midland County, Texas, Justice Byron White spoke for a 5-to-3 majority.
  3. Cardinal Villeneuve was outspoken in his beliefs, and at many of them men reared in the Anglo-Saxon tradition looked askance.


  1. Spitzer doesn't feel the love on Staten Island in his bid for a political comeback (photos)

    Quinn and Oddo look askance at disgraced Dem, Debi Rose and Ignizio mum
    on July 9, 2013     Source: Staten Island Advance


    At this intermission in the immigration debate, with House Republicans preparing to look askance at the Senate’s handiwork, the argument is becoming ever stranger. It has reached a boil, especially concerning border security, at a moment when illegal entries are at a 40-year low and net immigration from Mexico has recently been approximately zero, largely because enforcement efficiency has ...
    on July 9, 2013     Source: U-T San Diego

  3. James Cromwell is still shaking his fists

    The versatile character actor and PETA activist is always ready to question authority. He remains an effective actor, as the touching 'Still Mine' shows. Versatile character actor James Cromwell has always looked askance at authority.
    on July 8, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "We should look askance at idealistic, triumphalist or ethnocentric notions : that imagine it is possible to cow, shock or awe an enemy into submission, instead of tracking enemies down hilltop by hilltop, house by house, block by bloody block,"...
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Mr Salmond, who received a standing ovation from the party faithful as he arrived on stage, added: "People will look askance at the budget squeeze on Scotland when this morning the price of Brent crude is 86 dollars and heading for three figures....
    on Oct 26, 2007 By: Alex Salmond Source:

  3. "The social conservative movement wants converts, so we have to be careful not to look askance at somebody that is coming in our direction," Bauer said. "And in this particular case, Gov. Romney's (Mormon) church is very pro-life, so it might...
    on Feb 15, 2007 By: Gary Bauer Source: USA Today

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