Shelley, like the lark he sang of, was a "scorner of the ground."
Rabbi as thou art, thou art an Epicurean; thou sittest in the seat of the scorner.
And he, the scorner of women, had chosen her for his homage!
He also must be such a lady's scorner: he who is such a poor judge of horses and wines.
A wise son heareth the doctrine of his father: but he that is a scorner, heareth not when he is reproved.
In them Hogarth the artist and Hogarth the fighter and scorner mingle.
"There she lies," retorted Duncan, as he knocked the scorner down at a blow.
To prevent the replies or excuses of the scorner, I must here tell you, 1.
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: the learning of the wise is easy.
Nevertheless, the time came when the scorner recanted his renunciation.
c.1200, a shortening of Old French escarn "mockery, derision, contempt," a common Romanic word (cf. Spanish escarnio, Italian scherno) of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *skarnjan "mock, deride" (cf. Old High German skern "mockery, jest, sport," Middle High German scherzen "to jump with joy").
Probably influenced by Old French escorne "affront, disgrace," which is a back-formation from escorner, literally "to break off (someone's) horns," from Vulgar Latin *excornare (source of Italian scornare "treat with contempt"), from Latin ex- "without" (see ex-) + cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)).
c.1200, from Anglo-French, Old North French escarnir (Old French escharnir), from the source of scorn (n.). Cf. Old High German skernon, Middle Dutch schernen. Related: Scorned; scorning. Forms in Romanic languages influenced by confusion with Old French escorner "deprive of horns," hence "deprive of honor or ornament, disgrace."