1. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter meanness and unworthiness of an object.
Scorn at first makes after love the more. --Shak.
And wandered backward as in scorn,
To wait an aeon to be born. --Emerson.
2. An act or expression of extreme contempt.
Every sullen frown and bitter scorn
But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn. --Dryden.
3. An object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision.
Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. --Ps. xliv. 13.
To think scorn, to regard as worthy of scorn or contempt; to disdain. “He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone.” --Esther iii. 6.
To laugh to scorn, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible.
Syn: -- Contempt; disdain; derision; contumely; despite; slight; dishonor; mockery.
Scorn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scorned p. pr. & vb. n. Scoring.]
1. To hold in extreme contempt; to reject as unworthy of regard; to despise; to contemn; to disdain.
I scorn thy meat; 't would choke me. --Shak.
This my long sufferance, and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton.
We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful. --C. J. Smith.
2. To treat with extreme contempt; to make the object of insult; to mock; to scoff at; to deride.
His fellow, that lay by his bed's side,
Gan for to laugh, and scorned him full fast. --Chaucer.
To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously. --Shak.
Syn: -- To contemn; despise; disdain. See Contemn.
Scorn v. i. To scoff; to mock; to show contumely, derision, or reproach; to act disdainfully.
He said mine eyes were black and my hair black,
And, now I am remembered, scorned at me. --Shak.
n 1: lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike;
"he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which
outsiders were held is legendary" [syn: contempt, disdain,
2: open disrespect for a person or thing [syn: contempt]
v 1: look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to
work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't
catch on immediately" [syn: contemn, despise, disdain]
2: reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances" [syn: reject,
spurn, freeze off, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn down]