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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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British Dictionary definitions for scorning

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 scorning
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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