spurning

spurn

[spurn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to reject with disdain; scorn.
2.
to treat with contempt; despise.
3.
to kick or trample with the foot.
verb (used without object)
4.
to show disdain or contempt; scorn something.
noun
5.
disdainful rejection.
6.
contemptuous treatment.
7.
a kick.

Origin:
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English spurnen, Old English spurnan; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German spurnan, Old Norse sporna to kick; akin to Latin spernere to put away; (noun) Middle English: a kick, contemptuous stroke, derivative of the noun

spurner, noun
outspurn, verb (used with object)
unspurned, adjective


1. See refuse1. 6. contumely.


1. accept.
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spurn (spɜːn)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by against)
1.  to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
2.  archaic to kick (at)
 
n
3.  an instance of spurning
4.  archaic a kick or thrust
 
[Old English spurnan; related to Old Norse sporna, Old High German spurnan, Latin spernere to despise, Lithuanian spiriu to kick]
 
'spurner
 
n

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spurn
O.E. spurnan "to kick (away), reject, scorn, despise," from P.Gmc. *spurnanan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. spurnan, O.Fris. spurna, O.N. sporna "to kick"), from PIE base *spere- "ankle" (cf. M.Du. spoor "track of an animal," Gk. sphyron "ankle," L. spernere "to reject, spurn," Skt. sphurati "kicks," M.Ir. seir
"heel").
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