verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- scoring position, in,
Origin of scorn
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.
The scorned party in a love-triangle, he blew his head off while serving overnight tower duty in 2007.
Suppressed, banned, scorned—it seems to speak to something within the human mind (or soul, if you like) that is irrepressible.
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)|William O’Connor|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Allen Barra|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On him who scorned the world as he said, the scorned world wreaks its revenge.Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
Were you ever scolded, upbraided, scorned by a man you loved?The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
Barker, on the contrary, scorned and loathed Trafalgar Square, and laughed at its art.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
While he was scorned and derided at Mecca, he was worshipped at Medina.
Little as she loved her son, Mrs. Gordon would have scorned to suspect him of preferring the society of such a girl to her own.Heather and Snow|George MacDonald
Word Origin 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."