American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy.
- n. The expression of such an attitude in behavior or speech; derision.
- n. One spoken of or treated with contempt.
- v. To consider or treat as contemptible or unworthy.
- v. To reject or refuse with derision. See Synonyms at despise.
- v. To express contempt; scoff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mockery; derision; contempt; disdain.
- n. The expression of mockery, derision, contempt, or disdain; a scoff; a slight.
- n. An object, of derision, contempt, or disdain; a thing to be or that is treated with contempt; a reproach or disgrace.
- To hold in scorn or contempt; disdain; despise: as, to scorn a hypocrite; to scorn all meanness.
- To bring to scorn; treat with scorn or contempt; make a mock of; deride.
- To bring into insignificance or into contempt.
- Synonyms Contemn, Despise, Scorn, Disdain. Contemn, scorn, and disdain less often apply to persons. In this they differ from the corresponding nouns and from despise, which apply with equal freedom to persons and things. Contemn is the generic term, expressing the fact; it is not so strong as contempt. To despise is to look down upon with strong contempt from a superior position of some sort. To scorn is to have an extreme and passionate contempt for. To disdain is to have a high-minded abhorrence of, or a proud and haughty contempt of. See arrogance.
- To feel scorn or contempt.
- To point with scorn; scoff; jeer: generally with at.
- v. transitive To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
- v. intransitive To scoff, express contempt
- v. transitive To reject, turn down
- n. uncountable Contempt or disdain.
- n. countable A display of disdain; A slight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter meanness and unworthiness of an object.
- n. An act or expression of extreme contempt.
- n. An object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision.
- v. To hold in extreme contempt; to reject as unworthy of regard; to despise; to contemn; to disdain.
- v. To treat with extreme contempt; to make the object of insult; to mock; to scoff at; to deride.
- v. To scoff; to mock; to show contumely, derision, or reproach; to act disdainfully.
- v. look down on with disdain
- v. reject with contempt
- n. open disrespect for a person or thing
- n. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
- Alteration of Old French escarn (cognate with Portuguese escárnio, Spanish escarnio and Italian scherno). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French escarn, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In spite of what he called his scorn of vulgar prejudices, he felt a thrill of strange emotion as he looked on these once familiar objects.”
“Grayson is a freshman congressman who has drawn scorn from the GOP and has quickly built a nationwide following of progressives.”
“That effeminate creature in the 7-11 you scorn is suffering the consequences of other mens sins, you only lower yourself if you abuse that person because of your own false perceptions.”
“Not quite six feet tall, he had probably been handsome until something ugly inside reached maximum levels and seeped out, eroding him until only an expression of scorn remained.”
“Desiderius: My scorn is for policies that are demonstrably illiberal, whatever their proponents tout them tobe.”
“My scorn is for policies that are demonstrably illiberal, whatever their proponents tout them to be.”
“That will earn you a rebuke from Sarcastro, whose scorn is rightly to be laughed at feared.”
“Sometimes scorn, and the expression of scorn, is warranted.”
“Currently the parties attract enormous scorn from the American populace.”
“That sort of scorn is acceptable in private, and on any othe roccasion perhaps, than one like the Innauguration.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘scorn’.
English words of Anglo-Saxon origin.
Words for Talking
( open list, randomness )
This is an experiment in public lists--something I've been thinking about for some time. The goal is to create a collection of short, powerful, evocative words.
This is an open list. A...
Loved for their ingenuity, an exact description, or simply for the pure joy of it.
A list of words for describing dislike, reproval or criticism.
words to reference while writing something
My big word list.
from the poetry and prose of walt whitman
the list of vocabularies from 1100 words you need to know Barron's.
Looking for tweets for scorn.