scorn

[skawrn]
noun
1.
open or unqualified contempt; disdain: His face and attitude showed the scorn he felt.
2.
an object of derision or contempt.
3.
a derisive or contemptuous action or speech.
verb (used with object)
4.
to treat or regard with contempt or disdain: They scorned the old beggar.
5.
to reject, refuse, or ignore with contempt or disdain: She scorned my help.
verb (used without object)
6.
to mock; jeer.
Idioms
7.
laugh to scorn, to ridicule; deride: Her good advice was laughed to scorn.

Origin:
1150–1200; (noun) Middle English scorn, scarn < Old French escarn < Germanic (compare obsolete Dutch schern mockery, trickery); (v.) Middle English skarnen, sc(h)ornen < Old French escharnir, eschernirGermanic

scorner, noun
scorningly, adverb
outscorn, verb (used with object)
self-scorn, noun
unscorned, adjective


1. contumely. See contempt. 4. disdain, contemn, despise, detest.


3. praise.
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scorn (skɔːn)
 
n
1.  open contempt or disdain for a person or thing; derision
2.  an object of contempt or derision
3.  archaic an act or expression signifying contempt
 
vb
4.  to treat with contempt or derision
5.  (tr) to reject with contempt
 
[C12 schornen, from Old French escharnir, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scerōn to behave rowdily, obsolete Dutch schern mockery]
 
'scorner
 
n
 
'scornful
 
adj
 
'scornfully
 
adv
 
'scornfulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

scorn
c.1200, aphetic of O.Fr. escarn "mockery, derision, contempt," a common Romanic word (cf. Sp. escarnio, It. scherno) of Gmc. origin, from P.Gmc. *skarnjan "mock, deride" (cf. O.H.G. skern "mockery, jest, sport," M.H.G. scherzen "to jump with joy"). Probably influenced by O.Fr. escorne "affront, disgrace,"
which is a back-formation from escorner, lit. "to break off (someone's) horns," from V.L. *excornare (source of It. scornare "treat with contempt"), from L. ex- "without" + cornu "horn." The verb also is attested from c.1200.
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Example sentences
When he freezes the video, the agents and the television audience can recognize
  the fleeting grimace of anger and scorn.
The resulting contradictions of income and perceived wealth drew widespread
  remark-and some scorn.
And if more people dared to be honest about their behavior, then little could
  cause social scorn.
Even those who bore the brunt of his scorn admired him for his style.
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