- 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: Middle 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 Glassical Greek skairein, to jump, dance
- to regard with scorn; view or treat with contempt
- to refuse or reject as wrong or disgraceful
- scorner noun
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- a. Contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy.b. The expression of such an attitude in behavior or speech; derision.
- One spoken of or treated with contempt.
- To consider or treat as contemptible or unworthy.
- To reject or refuse with derision. See Synonyms at despise.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French escarn, of Germanic origin.
- scornˈer noun
- scornˈful adjective
- scornˈful·ly adverb
- scornˈful·ness noun