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SCORN, n.

1. Extreme contempt; that disdain which springs from a person's opinion of the meanness of an object, and a consciousness or belief of his own superiority or worth.

He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Esther 3.

Every sullen frown and bitter scorn but fann'd the fuel that too fast did burn.

2. A subject of extreme contempt, disdain or derision; that which is treated with contempt.

Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are around us. Ps. 44.

To think scorn, to disdain; to despise. obs.

To laugh to scorn, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible.

They laughed us to scorn. Neh. 2.

SCORN, v.t.

1. to hold in extreme contempt; to despise; to contemn; to disdain. job. 16.

Surely he scorneth the scorner; but he giveth grace to the lowly. Prov. 3.

2. to think unworth; to disdain.

Fame that delights around the world to stray, scorns not to take our Argos in her way.

3. To slight; to disregard; to neglect.

This my long suff'rance and my day of grace, those who neglect and scorn, shall never taste.

SCORN, v.i. To scorn at, to scoff at; to treat with contumely, derision or reproach. Obs.




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SCORN, n.

1. Extreme contempt; that disdain which springs from a person's opinion of the meanness of an object, and a consciousness or belief of his own superiority or worth.

He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Esther 3.

Every sullen frown and bitter scorn but fann'd the fuel that too fast did burn.

2. A subject of extreme contempt, disdain or derision; that which is treated with contempt.

Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are around us. Ps. 44.

To think scorn, to disdain; to despise. obs.

To laugh to scorn, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible.

They laughed us to scorn. Neh. 2.

SCORN, v.t.

1. to hold in extreme contempt; to despise; to contemn; to disdain. job. 16.

Surely he scorneth the scorner; but he giveth grace to the lowly. Prov. 3.

2. to think unworth; to disdain.

Fame that delights around the world to stray, scorns not to take our Argos in her way.

3. To slight; to disregard; to neglect.

This my long suff'rance and my day of grace, those who neglect and scorn, shall never taste.

SCORN, v.i. To scorn at, to scoff at; to treat with contumely, derision or reproach. Obs.


SCORN, n. [Sp. escarnio, scorn; escarnecer, to mock; Port. escarneo, escarnecer; It. scherno, schernire; W. ysgorn, ysgorniaw.]

  1. Extreme contempt; that disdain which springs from a person's opinion of the meanness of an object, and a consciousness or belief of his own superiority or worth. He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone. – Esth. iii. Every sullen frown and bitter scorn / But fann'd the fuel that too fast did burn. – Dryden.
  2. A subject of extreme contempt, disdain or derision; that which is treated with contempt. Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are around us. – Ps. xliv. To think scorn, to disdain; to despise. [Obs.] – Sidney. To laugh to scorn, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible. They laughed us to scorn. – Neh. ii.

SCORN, v.i.

To scorn at, to scoff at; to treat with contumely, derision or reproach. [Obs.] – Shak.


SCORN, v.t.

  1. To hold in extreme contempt; to despise; to contemn; to disdain. – Job xvi. Surely he scorneth the scorner; but he giveth grace to the lowly. – Prov. iii.
  2. To think unworthy; to disdain. Fame that delights around the world to stray, / Scorns not to take our Argos in her way. – Pope.
  3. To slight; to disregard; to neglect. This my long suff'rance and my day of grace, / Those who neglect and scorn, shall never taste. – Milton.

Scorn
  1. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter meanness and unworthiness of an object.

    Scorn at first makes after love the more. Shak.

    And wandered backward as in scorn,
    To wait an æon to be born.
    Emerson.

  2. To hold in extreme contempt] to reject as unworthy of regard; to despise; to contemn; to disdain.

    I scorn thy meat; 't would choke me. Shak.

    This my long sufferance, and my day of grace,
    Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
    Milton.

    We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful. C. J. Smith.

  3. To scoff; to mock; to show contumely, derision, or reproach; to act disdainfully.

    He said mine eyes were black and my hair black,
    And, now I am remembered, scorned at me.
    Shak.

  4. An act or expression of extreme contempt.

    Every sullen frown and bitter scorn
    But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn.
    Dryden.

  5. To treat with extreme contempt; to make the object of insult; to mock; to scoff at; to deride.

    His fellow, that lay by his bed's side,
    Gan for to laugh, and scorned him full fast.
    Chaucer.

    To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously. Shak.

    Syn. -- To contemn; despise; disdain. See Contemn.

  6. An object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision.

    Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. Ps. xliv. 13.

    To think scorn, to regard as worthy of scorn or contempt; to disdain. "He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone." Esther iii. 6. -- To laugh to scorn, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible.

    Syn. -- Contempt; disdain; derision; contumely; despite; slight; dishonor; mockery.

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Scorn

SCORN, noun

1. Extreme contempt; that disdain which springs from a person's opinion of the meanness of an object, and a consciousness or belief of his own superiority or worth.

He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Esther 3:6.

Every sullen frown and bitter scorn but fann'd the fuel that too fast did burn.

2. A subject of extreme contempt, disdain or derision; that which is treated with contempt.

Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are around us. Psalms 44:13.

To think scorn to disdain; to despise. obsolete

To laugh to scorn to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible.

They laughed us to scorn Nehemiah 2:19.

SCORN, verb transitive

1. to hold in extreme contempt; to despise; to contemn; to disdain. job. 16.

Surely he scorneth the scorner; but he giveth grace to the lowly. Proverbs 3:34.

2. to think unworth; to disdain.

Fame that delights around the world to stray, scorns not to take our Argos in her way.

3. To slight; to disregard; to neglect.

This my long suff'rance and my day of grace, those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.

SCORN, verb intransitive To scorn at, to scoff at; to treat with contumely, derision or reproach. obsolete

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