spurn

verb
\ ˈspərn How to pronounce spurn (audio) \
spurned; spurning; spurns

Definition of spurn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 obsolete

a : stumble
2 archaic : to reject something disdainfully

transitive verb

1 : to tread sharply or heavily upon : trample
2 : to reject with disdain or contempt : scorn

spurn

noun

Definition of spurn (Entry 2 of 2)

b obsolete : stumble
2a : disdainful rejection
b : contemptuous treatment

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Other Words from spurn

Verb

spurner noun

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Verb

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

Examples of spurn in a Sentence

Verb

fiercely independent, the elderly couple spurned all offers of financial help

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Many merchants are upgrading to mobile payment processing and checkout systems because millennials spurn cash and all things paper. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Next Ban: Paper Receipts," 11 Jan. 2019 But Wednesday brought public disagreements, as Trump spurned his guest’s top economic and trade priorities. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Fed report shows business execs worry about Trump's trade moves," 19 Apr. 2018 While national Democratic organizations admire O’Rourke’s pluck, most appear disinclined to divert resources to Texas, and O’Rourke made a show of spurning one of his party’s top PAC donors, Tom Steyer. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals with 1-0 win over Switzerland," 3 July 2018 Murdoch had previously spurned a Comcast offer and reportedly favored Disney's all-stock bid — but there's also the question of board seats for him or his sons, James Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch. NBC News, "Comcast offers $65 billion for Twenty-First Century Fox assets," 13 June 2018 Ross, an Alabama native who spurned his home state school for Clemson, made several outstanding and timely grabs. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title," 8 Jan. 2019 There may be some Chinese consumers who have spurned its phones for patriotic reasons in recent months, but the evidence for a widespread Apple boycott is thin. ... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Apple’s Crumble in China Will Be Hard to Turn Over," 3 Jan. 2019 Jealous also has targeted African American voters who often spurned Sanders, campaigning with prominent black Democrats including Sens. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "Jealous-Baker fight in Maryland exposes divisions over how Democrats can win," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of spurn

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spurn

Verb

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

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The first known use of spurn was before the 12th century

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spurn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spurn

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

spurn

verb
\ ˈspərn How to pronounce spurn (audio) \
spurned; spurning

Kids Definition of spurn

: to reject with scorn He spurned the offer.

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