from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mood in which one entertains scorn for another mood or phase of one's self.


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  • I simply wrote this post to unload some self-scorn and to warn others so that they don't make the same mistake.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • A litany of self-scorn poured through Heath's mind, a mind made feeble from fighting gravity and floundering helplessness.

    Hard Truth

  • ‘Noble!’ said he, with all the self-scorn which he so truly felt.

    The Three Clerks

  • The intellectual man who kills himself is most often brought to that decision by conviction of his insignificance; self-pity merges in self-scorn, and the humiliated soul is intolerant of existence.

    New Grub Street

  • He went and stood before his easel, hot with a blush of self-scorn.


  • Her self-scorn made the colour surge into her cheeks and burn painfully over neck and brow.

    The Daughters of Danaus

  • But even self-scorn was a passing thought from which she turned wearily.

    The Shadow of the East

  • She never probed her own soul with fierce self-scorn, as this quiet woman by her side did; -- accepted, instead, the passing moment, with keen enjoyment.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861

  • His whole heart smote him with self-scorn, with pity, with remorse.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • After a time, perhaps, she would feel more the sadness, the cruelty, of the hurt; now she felt the outrage to her pride, and a fierce self-scorn that she could have ever loved a man so base.

    Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter


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