And so scorning the whole idea of competition just because it can backfire in a tiny minority feels reflexive and unnecessary.
He stands naked before you, scorning the garb of deception and pretence, for he is a true child of nature.
Shakespeare is perfectly willing to depict Hotspur as scorning the arts.
Modern big towns are scorning the idea of a union station; in fact, Buffalo has just rejected the scheme for herself.
Yet perhaps he is only some false flatterer who is scorning us all the time.
While she walked away from him, as if scorning to bandy further words, he looked after her in consternation.
"No, I wasn't listening," said Cecily, scorning apology or excuse.
scorning the salute I proffered him, he spoke coldly, in English, without further ado.
"Don't want any 'tato," objected Janie, scorning the proffered dish.
She had fought it, too, and bitterly, scorning it because she knew it for a hateful inheritance.
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."