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Meaning of SCORN

Pronunciation:  skorn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  open disrespect for a person or thing
  2. [n]  lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
  3. [v]  reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
  4. [v]  look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"

SCORN is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: contemn, contempt, contempt, despise, despite, disdain, disdain, disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, spurn, turn down
 See Also: brush off, detest, discourtesy, dislike, disrespect, hate, leer, rebuff, repel, sneer, snub



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scorn\ (sk[^o]rn), n. [OE. scorn, scarn, scharn, OF.
    escarn, escharn, eschar, of German origin; cf. OHG. skern
    mockery, skern[=o]n to mock; but cf. also OF. escorner to
    1. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that
       disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter
       meanness and unworthiness of an object.
             Scorn at first makes after love the more. --Shak.
             And wandered backward as in scorn, To wait an [ae]on
             to be born.                           --Emerson.
    2. An act or expression of extreme contempt.
             Every sullen frown and bitter scorn But fanned the
             fuel that too fast did burn.          --Dryden.
    3. An object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision.
             Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn
             and a derision to them that are round about us.
                                                   --Ps. xliv.
    {To think scorn}, to regard as worthy of scorn or contempt;
       to disdain. ``He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai
       alone.'' --Esther iii. 6.
    {To laugh to scorn}, to deride; to make a mock of; to
       ridicule as contemptible.
    Syn: Contempt; disdain; derision; contumely; despite; slight;
         dishonor; mockery.
  2. \Scorn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scorned} (sk[^o]rnd); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Scoring}.] [OE. scornen, scarnen, schornen, OF.
    escarnir, escharnir. See {Scorn}, n.]
    1. To hold in extreme contempt; to reject as unworthy of
       regard; to despise; to contemn; to disdain.
             I scorn thy meat; 't would choke me.  --Shak.
             This my long sufferance, and my day of grace, Those
             who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton.
             We scorn what is in itself contemptible or
             disgraceful.                          --C. J. Smith.
    2. To treat with extreme contempt; to make the object of
       insult; to mock; to scoff at; to deride.
             His fellow, that lay by his bed's side, Gan for to
             laugh, and scorned him full fast.     --Chaucer.
             To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously. --Shak.
    Syn: To contemn; despise; disdain. See {Contemn}.
  3. \Scorn\ (sk[^o]rn), v. i.
    To scoff; to mock; to show contumely, derision, or reproach;
    to act disdainfully.
          He said mine eyes were black and my hair black, And,
          now I am remembered, scorned at me.      --Shak.