spurn

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

Definition of spurn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to reject something disdainfully
2 obsolete
a : stumble

spurn

noun

Definition of spurn (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : disdainful rejection
b : contemptuous treatment
b obsolete : stumble

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If too many spurn the offers, the school could face a revenue shortfall. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Why College Wait Lists Will Be So Long This Year," 12 Mar. 2021 The first people to spurn the Blue are Christopher (Tye Sheridan) and Zac (Fionn Whitehead). Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Voyagers” Gets Lost in Space," 16 Apr. 2021 Even if the hold-outs spurn the offer, the legislation provides plenty of other benefits. CBS News, "COVID-19 relief bill would bring major health cost savings to millions of people," 9 Mar. 2021 If too many spurn the offers, the school could face a revenue shortfall. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Why College Wait Lists Will Be So Long This Year," 12 Mar. 2021 Even if the hold-outs spurn the offer, the legislation provides plenty of other benefits. CBS News, "COVID-19 relief bill would bring major health cost savings to millions of people," 9 Mar. 2021 If too many spurn the offers, the school could face a revenue shortfall. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Why College Wait Lists Will Be So Long This Year," 12 Mar. 2021 Even if the hold-outs spurn the offer, the legislation provides plenty of other benefits. CBS News, "COVID-19 relief bill would bring major health cost savings to millions of people," 9 Mar. 2021 If too many spurn the offers, the school could face a revenue shortfall. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Expect College Wait Lists to Be Obnoxiously Long This Year," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lessons from watching JC Latham spurn Columbus in favor of Tuscaloosa seemed more appropriate as time went on. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Kiyaunta Goodwin, 2022 Ohio State football 4-star OT target, commits to Kentucky: Buckeyes Recruiting," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of spurn

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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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30 Apr 2021

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“Spurn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spurn. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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