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spurn

[spurn] /spɜrn/
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
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
Related forms
spurner, noun
outspurn, verb (used with object)
unspurned, adjective
Synonyms
1. See refuse1 . 6. contumely.
Antonyms
1. accept.
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British Dictionary definitions for spurn

spurn

/spɜːn/
verb
1.
to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
2.
(archaic) when intr, often foll by against. to kick (at)
noun
3.
an instance of spurning
4.
(archaic) a kick or thrust
Derived Forms
spurner, noun
Word Origin
Old English spurnan; related to Old Norse sporna, Old High German spurnan, Latin spernere to despise, Lithuanian spiriu to kick
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Word Origin and History for spurn
v.

Old English spurnan "to kick (away), reject, scorn, despise," from Proto-Germanic *spurnanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German spurnan, Old Frisian spurna, Old Norse sporna "to kick"), from PIE root *spere- "ankle" (cf. Middle Dutch spoor "track of an animal," Greek sphyron "ankle," Latin spernere "to reject, spurn," Sanskrit sphurati "kicks," Middle Irish seir "heel"). Related: Spurned; spurning.

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