verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of scorn
Synonyms for scorn
Antonyms for scorn
Related Words for scorningdespise, spurn, disdain, repudiate, taunt, defy, ridicule, refute, flout, ignore, disregard, deride, reject, shun, hate, abhor, mock, refuse, gibe, renounce
Examples from the Web for scorning
Contemporary Examples of scorning
And so scorning the whole idea of competition just because it can backfire in a tiny minority feels reflexive and unnecessary.Confessions of an Extreme Yogi
December 31, 2012
Historical Examples of scorning
Shakespeare is perfectly willing to depict Hotspur as scorning the arts.The Man Shakespeare
Yet perhaps he is only some false flatterer who is scorning us all the time.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
"No, I wasn't listening," said Cecily, scorning apology or excuse.Tristram of Blent
Unkind Hermia, to join with men in scorning your poor friend.Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
"Don't want any 'tato," objected Janie, scorning the proffered dish.Tabitha's Vacation
Ruth Alberta Brown
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."