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



BrE BrE//skɔːn//
; NAmE NAmE//skɔːrn//
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  • [uncountable] a strong feeling that somebody/something is stupid or not good enough, usually shown by the way you speak synonym contempt Her fellow teachers greeted her proposal with scorn. She was unable to hide the scorn in her voice. scorn for somebody/something They had nothing but scorn for his political views.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French escarn (noun), escharnir (verb), of Germanic origin.Extra examples He didn’t try to hide his scorn for our way of doing things. He has suffered public scorn and humiliation. He reserved particular scorn for the director. He stared with scorn at his interviewers. His poetry was the object of scorn. She expressed her scorn for the rules. She reserved her most withering scorn for journalists. What have I done to deserve such scorn? Her fellow teachers greeted her proposal with scorn. Opposition politicians poured scorn on the proposals. Young people may risk the scorn of their peers if they join such a club.Idioms
    pour/heap scorn on somebody/something
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    to speak about somebody/something in a way that shows that you do not respect them or have a good opinion of them
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scorn