• WordNet 3.6
    • v scorn reject with contempt "She spurned his advances"
    • v scorn 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"
    • n scorn open disrespect for a person or thing
    • n scorn lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike "he was held in contempt","the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scorn An act or expression of extreme contempt. "Every sullen frown and bitter scorn But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn."
    • Scorn An object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision. "Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us."
    • Scorn Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter meanness and unworthiness of an object. "Scorn at first makes after love the more.""And wandered backward as in scorn ,
      To wait an æon to be born."
    • Scorn To hold in extreme contempt; to reject as unworthy of regard; to despise; to contemn; to disdain. "I scorn thy meat; 't would choke me.""This my long sufferance, and my day of grace,
      Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste."
      "We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful."
    • v. i Scorn skôrn To scoff; to mock; to show contumely, derision, or reproach; to act disdainfully. "He said mine eyes were black and my hair black,
      And, now I am remembered, scorned at me."
    • Scorn To treat with extreme contempt; to make the object of insult; to mock; to scoff at; to deride. "His fellow, that lay by his bed's side,
      Gan for to laugh, and scorned him full fast."
      "To taunt and scorn you thus opprobriously."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scorn Mockery; derision; contempt; disdain.
    • n scorn The expression of mockery, derision, contempt, or disdain; a scoff; a slight.
    • n scorn An object, of derision, contempt, or disdain; a thing to be or that is treated with contempt; a reproach or disgrace.
    • scorn To hold in scorn or contempt; disdain; despise: as, to scorn a hypocrite; to scorn all meanness.
    • scorn To bring to scorn; treat with scorn or contempt; make a mock of; deride.
    • scorn To bring into insignificance or into contempt.
    • scorn Synonyms Contemn, Despise, Scorn, Disdain. Contemn, scorn, and disdain less often apply to persons. In this they differ from the corresponding nouns and from despise, which apply with equal freedom to persons and things. Contemn is the generic term, expressing the fact; it is not so strong as contempt. To despise is to look down upon with strong contempt from a superior position of some sort. To scorn is to have an extreme and passionate contempt for. To disdain is to have a high-minded abhorrence of, or a proud and haughty contempt of. See arrogance.
    • scorn To feel scorn or contempt.
    • scorn To point with scorn; scoff; jeer: generally with at.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scorn skorn disdain caused by a mean opinion of anything: extreme contempt: object of contempt
    • v.t Scorn to hold in extreme contempt: to disdain: to make a mock of
    • v.i Scorn to scoff: to jeer
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  • Bible
    “Scornful men bring a city into a snare, but wise men turn away wrath. [Proverbs 29:8]”
  • Albert Camus
    “Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.”
  • Socrates
    “Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.”
  • John Gay
    “Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scorn, scarn, scharn, OF. escarn, escharn, eschar, of German origin; cf. OHG. skern, mockery, skernōn, to mock; but cf. also OF. escorner, to mock


In literature:

The scholars laughed, scornfully; others grumbled at the severity of his remarks, but kneeled down.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
He laughed the authority to scorn.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
Scorn it and it serves you blindly.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Words could not express Castro's scorn for these fellows.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
It was true that he paid scorn for scorn, but he was forced to take as well as give.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
When again Tarquin scorned her, she destroyed part of the rest in a similar way.
"Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Cassius Dio
Then, whosoever may scorn you on earth, the great God in heaven will not scorn you.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
Mother, mother, how may thy son brook scorn and falsity, and foul calumny cast upon thee?
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Thou heed, and fear not, whatsoe'er I say, Nor scorn thy mother's counsels to obey.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
George looked upon himself as a marked man, against whom the scorn of the world was justly directed.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon

In poetry:

Thy beauty, Beloved,
With scorn is rife,
But I know that Thou lovest me
Better than life.
"Amor Mysticus" by John Hay
I said unto the mist and morn,
"The shame of man and woman's scorn."
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
And all in vain ye scorn
That seeming ease which ne'er
Was born
Of aught but love and care.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Come listen to my mournful tale,
Ye tender hearts and lovers dear!
Nor will you scorn to heave a sigh,
Nor need you blush to shed a tear.
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
Come listen to my mournful tale,
Ye tender hearts, and lovers dear;
Nor will you scorn to heave a sigh,
Nor will you blush to shed a tear.
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley
That head that once was crown'd with thorns,
Shall now with glory shine;
That heart that broken was with scorns,
Shall flow with life divine;
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan

In news:

Chinese Turn to Ultrasound, Scorning Baby Girls for Boys.
Pandit was scorned after Citigroup's $45 billion bailout in 2008, but more recently praised for removing the bank from government ownership.
There's nothing quite like a politician scorned.
Biblical prophets — including Jesus — faced rejection, scorn in calls to authentic conversion.
Wine snobs scorn Pinot Grigio, but Lettie Teague ignores their withering glances on a taste-a-thon that uncovers some truly admirable bottles.
Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, America needs new enemies upon whom we can dump our never-ending supply of scorn and bile.
Whatever happens to post-election fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington, one previously scorned issue may be finally closer to resolution — immigration reform .
As the fallout continues for Kristen Stewart and her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders after they confessed to a fling Wednesday, reactions from their scorned lovers are beginning to come in.
A woman who was scorned by her ex-boyfriend was arrested on Monday for burning down the cabin where he lived, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.
Recent news and coverage of Pop Scorn .
Scorn results from seeing someone who is powerless and below you socially, and it's just as dangerous as it implies the scorned person is not even worth your attention.
KXLY gives Spokane Scorn their due.
Last month in our April 27 issue, we covered the uprising of Spokane's only all-female tackle football team, the Spokane Scorn .
Ireland's newest tax draws scorn at rally.
Apple's Free iPhone 4 Cases Come with Pinch of Scorn .

In science:

Over the years, much scorn has been poured on the ILC because its design energy is “only” 500 GeV, extendable in a later stage to 1 TeV.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012