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scorn

[skawrn] /skɔrn/
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
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
Related forms
scorner, noun
scorningly, adverb
outscorn, verb (used with object)
self-scorn, noun
unscorned, adjective
Synonyms
1. contumely. See contempt. 4. disdain, contemn, despise, detest.
Antonyms
3. praise.
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Examples for scorn
  • 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.
  • These corporations-feeling guilty and seeking to deflect public scorn-soon announced plans to reduce emissions.
  • Instead it was usually a way of avoiding actually engaging with them, pouring scorn and laughing.
  • If your skepticism extends no farther than expressing scorn for religion you aren't a skeptic.
  • The words are the sounds of fluctuations in temper--from scorn and despair to sardonic humor, from hopelessness to hatred.
  • The upside of this scorn is that it's made me sensitive to the genius of others.
  • Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, eager to demonstrate their scorn for the companies, have called for their eradication.
British Dictionary definitions for scorn

scorn

/skɔːn/
noun
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
verb
4.
to treat with contempt or derision
5.
(transitive) to reject with contempt
Derived Forms
scorner, noun
scornful, adjective
scornfully, adverb
scornfulness, noun
Word Origin
C12 schornen, from Old French escharnir, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scerōn to behave rowdily, obsolete Dutch schern mockery
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Word Origin and History for scorn
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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