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spurn

[ spurn ]
/ spɜrn /
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Definition of spurn

verb (used with object)
to reject with disdain; scorn.
to treat with contempt; despise.
to kick or trample with the foot.
verb (used without object)
to show disdain or contempt; scorn something.
noun
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Origin of spurn

First recorded in 1250–1300; (verb) Middle English spurnen, Old English spurnan; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German spurnan, Old Norse sporna “to kick”; akin to Latin spernere “to put away”; (noun) Middle English: “a kick, contemptuous stroke,” derivative of the verb

synonym study for spurn

1. See refuse1.

OTHER WORDS FROM spurn

spurn·er, nounout·spurn, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for spurn

spurn
/ (spɜːn) /

verb
to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
(when intr, often foll by against) archaic to kick (at)
noun
an instance of spurning
archaic a kick or thrust

Derived forms of spurn

spurner, noun

Word Origin for spurn

Old English spurnan; related to Old Norse sporna, Old High German spurnan, Latin spernere to despise, Lithuanian spiriu to kick
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