• (British) IPA: /skɔːn/
  • (America) IPA: /skɔɹn/

scorn (scorns, present participle scorning; past and past participle scorned)

  1. (transitive) To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
    • We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful.
  2. (transitive) To reject#Verb|reject, turn down.
    He scorned her romantic advances.
  3. (transitive) To refuse#Verb|refuse to do something, as beneath oneself.
    She scorned to show weakness.
  4. (intransitive) To scoff, to express contempt.
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  1. (uncountable) Contempt or disdain.
  2. (countable) A display of disdain; a slight.
    • Every sullen frown and bitter scorn / But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn.
  3. (countable) An object of disdain, contempt, or derision.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 44:13 ↗:
      Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
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