- to reject with disdain; scorn.
- to treat with contempt; despise.
- to kick or trample with the foot.
- to show disdain or contempt; scorn something.
- disdainful rejection.
- contemptuous treatment.
- a kick.
Origin of spurn
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Related Wordsrefuse, disdain, repudiate, dismiss, despise, flout, scorn, snub, reject, disregard, rebuff, decline, cut, dump, repulse, drop, scoff, disapprove, slight, air
Examples from the Web for spurned
Both candidates have pledged to sign the security pact that outgoing President Hamid Karzai has spurned.A Time Bomb in Afghanistan’s Ballot Box
May 17, 2014
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
To the fury of the old guard, he spurned the right wing of his party to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1940.The Fight Over America’s Entrance to WWII
April 7, 2013
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
January 18, 2013
The lesson is this: Spurned lovers have a tendency to go ballistic.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic
November 15, 2012
But anger and fear soon got the mastery of him, and he spurned her from him.Barnaby Rudge
The other reading “dirmygei,” would mean he spurned, or dishonoured.Y Gododin
I grovelled at your feet and begged you—you spurned me as I do you now.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
I spurned him from me with violence because he had maligned your wife.Is He Popenjoy?
He spurned to correct himself and stalked on, leaving the judge gaping.In a Little Town
- to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
- (when intr, often foll by against) archaic to kick (at)
- an instance of spurning
- archaic a kick or thrust
Word Origin and History for spurned
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.