- Scorn describes a feeling of contempt for something or someone.
An example of scorn is what a designer clothing snob might feel towards cheap knock-offs.
- To scorn is to express a feeling of contempt or disgust for something.
An example of scorn is when you wrinkle of your nose at an ugly outfit.
- extreme, often indignant, contempt for someone or something; utter disdain
- expression of this in words or manner
- the object of such contempt
Origin of scornMiddle English ; from Old French escharn ; from escharnir, to scorn ; from Germanic base akin to Old High German skernon, to mock, scern, a joke ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to leap, jump about from source Classical Greek skairein, to jump, dance
- to regard with scorn; view or treat with contempt
- to refuse or reject as wrong or disgraceful
- a. Contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy: viewed his rivals with scorn.b. The expression of such an attitude in behavior or speech; derision: heaped scorn upon his rivals.c. The state of being despised or dishonored: held in scorn by his rivals.
- Archaic One spoken of or treated with contempt.
transitive verbscorned, scorn·ing, scorns
- To consider or treat as contemptible or unworthy: an artist who was scorned by conservative critics.
- To reject or refuse with derision: scorned their offer of help. See Synonyms at despise.
- To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath one's dignity: “She disapproved so heartily of Flora's plan that she would have scorned to assist in the concoction of a single oily sentence” (Stella Gibbons).
Origin of scornMiddle English, from Old French escarn, of Germanic origin.
(third-person singular simple present scorns, present participle scorning, simple past and past participle scorned)
(countable and uncountable, plural scorns)
- Scorn is often used in the phrases pour scorn on and heap scorn on.
Alteration of Old French escarn (cognate with Portuguese escárnio, Spanish escarnio and Italian scherno).