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Definition of scorn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scorn
    he / she / it scorns
    past simple scorned
    -ing form scorning
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  1. 1scorn somebody/something to feel or show that you think someone or 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.
  3. Idioms
    hell hath no fury (like a woman scorned)
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    used to refer to someone, 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 Learner's Dictionary entry: scorn