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spurn

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verb \ˈspərn\

Simple Definition of spurn

  • : to refuse to accept (someone or something that you do not think deserves your respect, attention, affection, etc.)

Full Definition of spurn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete a :  stumbleb :  kick 1a

  3. 2 archaic :  to reject something disdainfully

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to tread sharply or heavily upon :  trample

  6. 2 :  to reject with disdain or contempt :  scorn

spurn·er noun

Examples of spurn

  1. <fiercely independent, the elderly couple spurned all offers of financial help>



Origin of spurn

Middle English, from Old English spurnan; akin to Old High German spurnan to kick, Latin spernere to spurn, Greek spairein to quiver


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of spurn

decline, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn mean to turn away by not accepting, receiving, or considering. decline often implies courteous refusal especially of offers or invitations <declined his party's nomination>. refuse suggests more positiveness or ungraciousness and often implies the denial of something asked for <refused to lend them the money>. reject implies a peremptory refusal by sending away or discarding <rejected the manuscript as unpublishable>. repudiate implies a casting off or disowning as untrue, unauthorized, or unworthy of acceptance <teenagers who repudiate the values of their parents>. spurn stresses contempt or disdain in rejection or repudiation <spurned his overtures of friendship>.

Rhymes with spurn


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spurn

noun

Definition of spurn

  1. 1a :  kick 1ab obsolete :  stumble

  2. 2a :  disdainful rejectionb :  contemptuous treatment



14th Century

First Known Use of spurn

14th century



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