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

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Until Saturday night, McDaniels’ surprise decision to spurn the Colts and their head coaching job in February of 2018 was one of the worst moments in franchise history and made him a villain in Indianapolis. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Best wishes to Andrew Luck, but timing of retirement is questionable," 25 Aug. 2019 Before the announcement, scientists were excited about the scientific potential of a Titan mission but worried that NASA might spurn it due to the high risk. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA will fund a revolutionary mission to fly through Titan’s atmosphere," 27 June 2019 But one free agent receiver spurned the chance to play with the three-time NFL MVP and the perennially contending Patriots when making the decision on his next team, in large part because of Brady’s age. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Titans WR Adam Humphries: Tom Brady's age factored into decision not to sign with Patriots," 3 June 2019 Unlike when McGrady, Duncan and Jones spurned them, though, the Bulls got their target this time. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "20 years since dissolution of the dynasty, Bulls still a long way from the top," 10 June 2018 His decision to spurn the Super Bowl transitioned to a sitdown with Roger Goodell, which evolved into a larger conversation about social injustice and the possibilities of broadening the business partnership. Stefan Bondy, courant.com, "The real reason Jay-Z didn’t perform at the Super Bowl," 15 Aug. 2019 Of course, there might be this little issue of Connelly interviewing with the Wizards only to spurn the interest of franchise owner Ted Leonsis. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Nuggets need one more big piece to be legit championship contenders. His name? Bradley Beal.," 9 July 2019 Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving made a joint decision to spurn the Knicks and team up with the long-suffering Nets. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Are Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James Too Powerful?," 8 July 2019 On July 2nd Occidental urged its shareholders to spurn Mr Icahn’s advances. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019

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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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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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