- 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 scorn
Ricky Gervais, the sultan of scorn, uttered that cheeky bit while emceeing the Golden Globes ceremony a few years back.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight
December 11, 2014
Hanauer has been making the same case for years, drawing heaps of both praise and scorn.The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie
August 8, 2014
Heap praise, not scorn, on physicians who are brave and caring enough to recommend cannabis when appropriate.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
This idea fell out of favor in the last century—and was looked on with scorn as “unscientific.”New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases
March 27, 2014
The King in Yellow might scorn it, but it shall be worn by his royal servant.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
There are those in the world who scorn our vision of human dignity and freedom.
But Hester was far less ready to scorn on her own account than on the part of another.Weighed and Wanting
It seemed as if she grew an inch taller in her scorn of the Inspector's saying.Within the Law
In his very first independent play he answered the scorners with scorn.The Man Shakespeare
Then, with scorn for my folly, I ran out into the hall, crying for help.The Bacillus of Beauty
- 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 scorn
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."