What does scorn mean?

Definitions for scorn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contempt, disdain, scorn, despitenoun

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

  2. contempt, scornverb

    open disrespect for a person or thing

  3. contemn, despise, scorn, disdainverb

    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"

  4. reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn downverb

    reject with contempt

    "She spurned his advances"


  1. scornnoun

    Contempt or disdain.

  2. scornnoun

    A display of disdain; A slight.

  3. scornverb

    To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.

  4. scornverb

    To scoff, express contempt

  5. scornverb

    To reject, turn down

    He scorned her romantic advances.

  6. Etymology: Alteration of escarn (cognate with Portuguese escárnio, Spanish escarnio and Italian scherno).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scornnoun

    Contempt; scoff; slight; act of contumely.

    Etymology: escorne, old Fr. from the verb.

    If he do fully prove himself the honest shepherd Menalcas his brother and heir, I know no reason why you should think scorn of him. Philip Sidney.

    Unto thee will I cry, O Lord: think no scorn of me, lest if thou make as tho’ thou hearest not, I become like them that go down into the pit. Ps. xxviii. 1.

    We were better parch in Africk’s sun,
    Than in the pride and salt scorn of his eyes. William Shakespeare.

    Why should you think that I should woo in scorn?
    Scorn and derision never come in tears. William Shakespeare.

    If we draw her not unto us, she will laugh us to scorn. Jud.

    Diogenes was asked in scorn, what was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers? He answered, because the one knew what they wanted, the others did not. Francis Bacon.

    Whosoever hath any thing in his person that induces contempt, hath also a perpetual spur to rescue himself from scorn: therefore all deformed persons are bold, as being on their own defence as exposed to scorn. Francis Bacon.

    Every sullen frown and bitter scorn,
    But fann’d the fuel that too fast did burn. Dryden.

    Is it not a most horrid ingratitude, thus to make a scorn of him that made us? John Tillotson.

    Numidia’s grown a scorn among the nations
    For breach of publick vows. Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To SCORNverb

    To despise; to slight; to revile; to vilify; to contemn.

    Etymology: schernen, Dutch; escorner, French.

    My friends scorn me; but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. Job xvi. 20.

  3. To Scornverb

    To scoff.

    He said mine eyes were black, and my hair black;
    And now, I am remember’d, scorn’d at me. William Shakespeare.

    Our soul is filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud. Ps. cxxiii. 4.

    I’ve seen the morning’s lovely ray
    Hover o’er the new-born day,
    With rosy wings so richly bright,
    As if he scorn’d to think of night. Richard Crashaw.

    Fame, that delights around the world to stray,
    Scorns not to take our Argos in her way. Alexander Pope, Statius.


  1. scorn

    Scorn is a feeling of contempt or disdain for something or someone considered unworthy or inferior. It is an intense disregard or disrespect often mixed with feelings of anger and dislike. It can also refer to an act or expression showing such contempt or disrespect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scornnoun

    extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter meanness and unworthiness of an object

  2. Scornnoun

    an act or expression of extreme contempt

  3. Scornnoun

    an object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision

  4. Scornnoun

    to hold in extreme contempt; to reject as unworthy of regard; to despise; to contemn; to disdain

  5. Scornnoun

    to treat with extreme contempt; to make the object of insult; to mock; to scoff at; to deride

  6. Scornverb

    to scoff; to mock; to show contumely, derision, or reproach; to act disdainfully


  1. Scorn

    Scorn was an English electronic music project. The group was formed in the early 1990s as a side project of former Napalm Death members Mick Harris and Nic Bullen. Bullen left the group in 1995 and the project continued on until the end of 2011 as an essentially solo project for Harris. Since their early years, Scorn is often associated with industrial and experimental music, particularly with their early releases as a duo with much of their Earache Records-era output. Since the departure of Bullen, much of the output has been minimalist beats with an emphasis on very deep bass lines, often resembling dub and trip-hop in structure. The departure from their early sound eventually led to Harris parting ways with Earache after the Logghi Barroghi release, both sides apparently having been unhappy with how the project was being handled.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scorn

    skorn, n. disdain caused by a mean opinion of anything: extreme contempt: object of contempt.—v.t. to hold in extreme contempt: to disdain: to make a mock of.—v.i. to scoff: to jeer.—n. Scor′ner, one who scorns: (B.) one who scoffs at religion: a scoffer.—adj. Scorn′ful, full of scorn: contemptuous: disdainful.—adv. Scorn′fully.—ns. Scorn′fulness; Scor′ning.—Laugh to scorn (B.), to deride; Think scorn, to disdain or despise. [O. Fr. escarn, mockery—Old High Ger. skern, mockery.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scorn in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scorn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of scorn in a Sentence

  1. Albert Camus:

    There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

  2. Mary Ellen Kelly:

    Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

  3. Donald Trump:

    And I’ve got this guy standing over there looking at me, talking about New York values with scorn in Donald Trump face, with hatred, hatred of New York.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    For a significant manwoman, the one thought he values greatly, to the laughter and scorn of insignificant men, is a key to hidden treasure chambers; for those others, it is nothing but a piece of old iron.

  5. Aeschylus:

    O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray, To come to me: of cureless ills thou art The one physician. Pain lays not its touch Upon a corpse.

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  • سخريةArabic
  • opovržení, opovrhovat, pohrdatCzech
  • Verachtung, verachten, verspotten, verschmähenGerman
  • περιφρονώ, κοροϊδεύω, περιφρόνησηGreek
  • menospreciar, despreciar, rechazar, desprecio, desdén, desdeñarSpanish
  • torjua, halveksua, halveksiaFinnish
  • dédain, mépriser, mépris, dédaignerFrench
  • לבוז, שאט-נפשHebrew
  • disprezzo, disdegnare, disprezzareItalian
  • 軽蔑Japanese
  • 경멸Korean
  • whakarekoMāori
  • minachten, verachten, verachting, minachtingDutch
  • foraktNorwegian
  • lekceważenie, odrzucić, drwić, lekceważyć, pogarda, wzgardzić, gardzić, szydzićPolish
  • desprezo, desdenhar, escárnio, menosprezar, desprezar, desdémPortuguese
  • alqochayQuechua
  • refuza, dispreț, disprețui, urî, respingeRomanian
  • презирать, презрение, насмехаться, относиться с пренебрежением, глумитьсяRussian
  • förakt, förakta, hånSwedish
  • خوفناکUrdu

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