verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- spurgeon, charles haddon,
- spurious ankylosis,
- spurious wing,
Origin of spurn
Examples from the Web for spurned
Both candidates have pledged to sign the security pact that outgoing President Hamid Karzai has spurned.
But Bush administration neocons, salivating over regime change in Iran, spurned this extraordinary deal.Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick On How Obama Should Handle the Crisis In Syria|Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To the fury of the old guard, he spurned the right wing of his party to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1940.
Eli Lake on the years of mistrust (and spurned cash) between the two nations.Why Algeria Didn’t Warn the U.S. About Its Hostage Raid|Eli Lake|January 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The lesson is this: Spurned lovers have a tendency to go ballistic.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic|Paula Froelich|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A casual examination of the list of his loves, reciprocated or spurned, would make a companion to that of Weimar.Egoists|James Huneker
He rolled over and began to pull off the rags in which his child had spurned him.The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote
She was getting six hundred dollars a week and spurned soda water as if it were poison.What's-His-Name|George Barr McCutcheon
He was then not only renounced by his family, but his young wife also spurned and denied him.India, Its Life and Thought|John P. Jones
She again threw herself at his feet, but he spurned her from him as though he loathed her beyond endurance.
Word Origin for spurn
Old English spurnan "to kick (away), reject, scorn, despise," from Proto-Germanic *spurnanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German spurnan, Old Frisian spurna, Old Norse sporna "to kick"), from PIE root *spere- "ankle" (cf. Middle Dutch spoor "track of an animal," Greek sphyron "ankle," Latin spernere "to reject, spurn," Sanskrit sphurati "kicks," Middle Irish seir "heel"). Related: Spurned; spurning.