Definition of scorn in English:

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Pronunciation: /skôrn/


1The feeling or belief that someone or something is worthless or despicable; contempt: I do not wish to become the object of scorn [in singular]: a general scorn for human life
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  • The more I have come to feel this way the more I've tried not to express scorn for things that do not catch my attention but that obviously mean a great deal to others.
  • Even the junior senator from North Carolina felt obliged to express her scorn for these malefactors of great wealth.
  • She is an incredible artist who has endured public derision and scorn for well over a decade.
contempt, derision, contemptuousness, disdain, derisiveness, mockery, sneering
1.1 [in singular] archaic A person viewed with scorn: a scandal and a scorn to all who look on thee
1.2 archaic A statement or gesture indicating scorn.


[with object]
1Feel or express contempt or derision for: I was routinely ridiculed and scorned by conservatives and liberals alike
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  • The foreign minister was particularly scorned for going to the opera on Sunday night and not turning up for work until 31 hours after the earthquake.
  • The first five were friends from school teasing him in fun or scorning him with contempt.
  • Imagine sacrificing your son for someone else's sake, and not getting any credit, any appreciation for it, even being scorned and mocked for it.
deride, hold in contempt, treat with contempt, pour/heap scorn on, look down on, look down one's nose at, disdain, curl one's lip at, mock, scoff at, sneer at, jeer at, laugh at, laugh out of court;
disparage, slight;
dismiss, thumb one's nose at
informal turn one's nose up at
1.1Reject (something) in a contemptuous way: opponents scorned his offer to negotiate
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  • Hogeland's idea was scorned or ignored in the larger, more prosperous metropolitan centers in the 1890s.
  • But U.S. media coverage matched the bipartisan refusal by leaders in Congress to do anything but scorn the offer.
  • She scorns his gallant language, and constantly rebuffs his advances.
spurn, rebuff, reject, ignore, shun, snub
1.2 [no object, with infinitive] Refuse to do something because one is too proud: at her lowest ebb, she would have scorned to stoop to such tactics
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  • When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.
  • As time went on new rules were drafted, pitches were developed, the games began to draw the attention of people who at one time would have scorned to be associated with them.


pour (or heap) scorn on

Speak with contempt or mockery of.
Example sentences
  • There exists a grave mistake where people think Westernisation is development and pour scorn on all who try to uphold and espouse our local traditions.
  • I really do not want to discourage, or to pour scorn on, Mr Hide's hopes in that regard.
  • This was a phrase that Wallis would pour scorn on when he attacked Hobbes' ideas.



Pronunciation: /ˈskôrnər/
( rare)
Example sentences
  • I made it absolutely clear to the mockers and scorners at work, that I would only watch the intellectual channels - and Manchester United Live, of course.
  • Then again, he derides the negligence of journalists, but this is a strangely negligent book for a scorner.
  • They are scorners of the law of nations; hence they find no protection in that law.


Middle English: shortening of Old French escarn (noun), escharnir (verb), of Germanic origin.

  • Scorn is a shortening of Old French escarn, of Germanic origin. The phrase hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is a version of a line in William Congreve's 1697 play The Mourning Bride: ‘Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd’.

Words that rhyme with scorn

adorn, born, borne, bourn, Braun, brawn, corn, dawn, drawn, faun, fawn, forborne, forewarn, forlorn, freeborn, lawn, lorn, morn, mourn, newborn, Norn, outworn, pawn, prawn, Quorn, sawn, Sean, shorn, spawn, suborn, sworn, thorn, thrawn, torn, Vaughan, warn, withdrawn, worn, yawn

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Syllabification: scorn

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