noun \ˈskrn\

: a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval

: harsh criticism that shows a lack of respect or approval for someone or something

Full Definition of SCORN

:  open dislike and disrespect or derision often mixed with indignation
:  an expression of contempt or derision
:  an object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision :  something contemptible

Examples of SCORN

  1. They treated his suggestion with scorn.
  2. an expression full of scorn
  3. Her political rivals have poured scorn on her ideas for improving the tax system.
  4. Unlike government censorship, this corruption eats at one of China's more beleaguered professions from within its ranks. The trading of favors for cash is so prevalent that, like the honest cop in a corrupt police unit, an ethical journalist risks the scorn of colleagues. —Gady A. Epstein, Forbes, 21 July 2008

Origin of SCORN

Middle English, from Anglo-French escharne, escar, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German scern jest
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SCORN


verb \ˈskrn\

: to show that you think (someone or something) is not worthy of respect or approval : to feel or express scorn for (someone or something)

: to refuse or reject (someone or something that you do not think is worthy of respect or approval)

Full Definition of SCORN

transitive verb
:  to treat with scorn (see 1scorn):  reject or dismiss as contemptible or unworthy <scorned local traditions> <scorned to reply to the charge>
intransitive verb
:  to show disdain or derision :  scoff
scorn·er noun

Examples of SCORN

  1. He scorns anyone who earns less money than he does.
  2. Her actions were scorned by many people.
  3. They were scorned as fanatics.
  4. My parents scorned packaged and ready-made foods. It did not matter that, at the time, our hometown was a test-market capital for these sorts of food products; my father still thought that convenience food was a Communist plot, and my mother insisted that only trashy people failed to practice a separation of food groups. —Molly O'Neill, Vogue, January 2007

Origin of SCORN

(see 1scorn)
First Known Use: 13th century

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