- open or unqualified contempt; disdain: His face and attitude showed the scorn he felt.
- an object of derision or contempt.
- a derisive or contemptuous action or speech.
- to treat or regard with contempt or disdain: They scorned the old beggar.
- to reject, refuse, or ignore with contempt or disdain: She scorned my help.
- to mock; jeer.
- laugh to scorn, to ridicule; deride: Her good advice was laughed to scorn.
Origin of scorn
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Examples from the Web for scorned
But it was good news to the poor, the diseased, the downtrodden and scorned, and all the “little” people.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
The scorned party in a love-triangle, he blew his head off while serving overnight tower duty in 2007.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Suppressed, banned, scorned—it seems to speak to something within the human mind (or soul, if you like) that is irrepressible.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
Without giving too much away, her tale plays on audience prejudices regarding adopted children and scorned wives.Inside George R.R. Martin’s New Book (Mild Buzzkill: Only One Story is Martin’s)
June 17, 2014
Some of your family fought in the British army in World War I and were scorned for it back home.Sebastian Barry, Ireland’s Greatest Living Writer, Speaks for the Voiceless
May 23, 2014
He had been vanquished, cheated, scorned, shamefully flouted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They were honorable men and would have scorned the course pursued by the ministers.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It was not so much that she scorned us, as that she did not know we were there.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He scorned a dedication, that misnomer for gratuitous advertising.
She handled the dishes as if she scorned them, yet her method and care were exquisite.Tiverton Tales
- open contempt or disdain for a person or thing; derision
- an object of contempt or derision
- archaic an act or expression signifying contempt
- to treat with contempt or derision
- (tr) to reject with contempt
Word Origin and History for scorned
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."