- to reject with disdain; scorn.
- to treat with contempt; despise.
- to kick or trample with the foot.
- to show disdain or contempt; scorn something.
- disdainful rejection.
- contemptuous treatment.
- a kick.
Origin of spurn
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Examples from the Web for spurn
LaSalvia went on to cite examples large and small of how the Republican Party had continued to spurn gay conservatives.The Gay Conservative Quitting the GOP Over ‘Bigotry’
January 15, 2014
A Ted Cruz may spurn those local politicians, and instead build his campaign upon national organizations.Texas Senate Primary: Elite vs. Elite
July 31, 2012
In a conversation with Charlie Rose, Melinda Gates said that foundations must act as catalysts to spurn governments into action.Women in the World 2011 Video Highlights
February 10, 2012
Mutlaq is painfully aware that his own side will be harmed if they spurn a place at the table of the enfranchised.Iraq's Political Miracle
March 3, 2010
No, I will tear his image from my bosom, tread on him, spurn him.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
To spurn the hungry from their door, with naught to satisfy.The Universal Reciter
The hand did not spurn the coins, which I—rather timidly, I confess—dropped into it.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
"I spurn the imposition," said Lady Dorothea, tearing it in fragments.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Should you give me the right to vote and deny it to my sister I should spurn the gift.
- to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
- (when intr, often foll by against) archaic to kick (at)
- an instance of spurning
- archaic a kick or thrust
Word Origin and History for spurn
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.