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.
Idioms about 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
And so 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.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
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.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
"No, I wasn't listening," said Cecily, scorning apology or excuse.Tristram of Blent | Anthony Hope
We are to earn the joys of a higher existence, 25 not by scorning, but by using, all the gifts of God in this.
Ftatateeta, despising them and scorning the soldiers, pushes her way through the crowd and confronts the spear points undismayed.Caesar and Cleopatra | George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for scorn
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
- scorner, noun
- scornful, adjective
- scornfully, adverb
- scornfulness, noun
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