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1 lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary" [syn: contempt, disdain, despite]
2 open disrespect for a person or thing [syn: contempt]


1 look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately" [syn: contemn, despise, disdain]
2 reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances" [syn: reject, spurn, freeze off, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn down]

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Alteration of escarn (cognate with Spanish escarnio and Italian scherno).


  • /skɔ:n/, /skO:n/


  1. To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
  2. To scoff, express contempt
  3. To reject, turn down
    She scorned his romantic advances.


to feel contempt or disdain for something or somebody
to scoff or express contempt
to reject


  1. Contempt or disdain towards a despicable or unworthy person
  2. A display of disdain; A slight.


  • circa 1605: The cry is still 'They come': our castle's strength / Will laugh a siege to scorn — William Shakespeare, Macbeth
  • 1967: Rain of tears, real, mist of imagined scorn — John Berryman, Berryman's Sonnets. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


contempt, disdain

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wikt scorn
Scorn is a feeling of contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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