scorn [ skawrn ] SHOW IPA / skɔrn / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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. verb (used with object) 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. verb (used without object)
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Idioms about scorn laugh to scorn, to ridicule; deride: Many of his sophisticated listeners laughed him to scorn. Origin of scorn
First recorded in 1150–1200; (noun) Middle English
scorn, scarn, from Old French escarn, from Germanic (compare obsolete Dutch schern “mockery, trickery”); (verb) Middle English skarnen, sc(h)ornen, from Old French escharnir, eschernir, ultimately from Germanic OTHER WORDS FROM scorn scorn·er, noun scorn·ing·ly, adverb out·scorn, verb (used with object) self-scorn, noun
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How to use scorn in a sentence
scorning the whole idea of competition just because it can backfire in a tiny minority feels reflexive and unnecessary.
But Gilbert, like a disarmed gladiator, had received the proud speech and the
scorning looks straight in the heart.
He looked into my eye, and I returned his gaze,
scorning to ask him not to take advantage of me, now that I was fallen.
"No, I wasn't listening," said Cecily,
scorning apology or excuse. British Dictionary definitions for scorn noun open contempt or disdain for a person or thing; derision an object of contempt or derision archaic an act or expression signifying contempt verb to treat with contempt or derision (tr) to reject with contempt Derived forms of scorn scorner, noun scornful, adjective scornfully, adverb scornfulness, noun Word Origin for scorn
schornen, from Old French escharnir, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scerōn to behave rowdily, obsolete Dutch schern mockery
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