Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) open disrespect for a person or thing
  2. (noun, feeling) lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary
  3. (verb, communication) reject with contempt
  4. (verb, emotion) look down on with disdain
    The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately

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Alternate forms of Scorn

Derivations: scorn, scorner

Hyponyms: fleer, leer, look down on, rebuff, repel, sneer, snub

Hypernyms: decline, detest, discourtesy, dislike, disrespect, hate, refuse

Origin of the word Scorn

  1. c.1200, aphetic of O.Fr. escarn "mockery, derision, contempt," a common Romanic word (cf. Sp. escarnio, It. scherno) of Gmc. origin, from P.Gmc. *skarnjan "mock, deride" (cf. O.H.G. skern "mockery, jest, sport," M.H.G. scherzen "to jump with joy"). Probably influenced by O.Fr. escorne "affront, disgrace," which is a back-formatio… more

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