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Definition of scorn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scorn

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skɔːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scorn
    BrE BrE//skɔːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrn//
     
    he / she / it scorns
    BrE BrE//skɔːnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrnz//
     
    past simple scorned
    BrE BrE//skɔːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrnd//
     
    past participle scorned
    BrE BrE//skɔːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrnd//
     
    -ing form scorning
    BrE BrE//ˈskɔːnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːrnɪŋ//
     
    Proud
     
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  1. 1scorn somebody/something to feel or show that you think somebody/something is stupid and you do not respect them or it synonym dismiss She scorned their views as old-fashioned. Such methods are scorned by reputable practitioners. His brother had always scorned him.
  2. 2(formal) to refuse to have or do something because you are too proud scorn something to scorn an invitation scorn to do something She would have scorned to stoop to such tactics. See related entries: Proud
  3. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French escarn (noun), escharnir (verb), of Germanic origin.Idioms
    hell hath no fury (like a woman scorned)
     
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    used to refer to somebody, usually a woman, who has reacted very angrily to something, especially the fact that her husband or lover has been unfaithful
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scorn