WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
scorn /skɔrn/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. open contempt;
    disdain:She felt only scorn for the man who tried to get her fired.

v. [+ object]
  1. to treat or regard with contempt or disdain:She scorned my help.
    See contempt.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
scorn  (skôrn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. open or unqualified contempt;
    disdain:His face and attitude showed the scorn he felt.
  2. an object of derision or contempt.
  3. a derisive or contemptuous action or speech.
  4. Idiomslaugh to scorn, to ridicule;
    deride:Her good advice was laughed to scorn.

  1. to treat or regard with contempt or disdain:They scorned the old beggar.
  2. to reject, refuse, or ignore with contempt or disdain:She scorned my help.

  1. to mock;
scorner, n. 
scorning•ly, adv. 
  • Old French escharnir, eschernir Gmc
  • Gmc (compare obsolete Dutch schern mockery, trickery); (verb, verbal) Middle English skarnen, sc(h)ornen
  • Old French escarn
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English scorn, scarn 1150–1200
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged contumely. See  contempt. 
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disdain, contemn, despise, detest.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged praise.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scorn /skɔːn/ n
  1. open contempt or disdain for a person or thing; derision
  2. an object of contempt or derision
  1. to treat with contempt or derision
  2. (transitive) to reject with contempt
Etymology: 12th Century schornen, from Old French escharnir, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scerōn to behave rowdily, obsolete Dutch schern mockery

ˈscorner n ˈscornful adj ˈscornfully adv

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