Scorn - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skɔːrn|  American pronunciation of the word scorn
Brit.  |skɔːn|  British pronunciation of the word scorn


- lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike (syn: contempt, despite, disdain)
- open disrespect for a person or thing (syn: contempt)


- look down on with disdain (syn: contemn, despise, disdain)
The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately
- reject with contempt (syn: disdain, pooh-pooh, reject, spurn, turn down)

Extra examples

They treated his suggestion with scorn.

Her political rivals have poured scorn on her ideas for improving the tax system.

He scorns anyone who earns less money than he does.

Her actions were scorned by many people.

They were scorned as fanatics.

They scorn me as a single parent.

He felt scorn for his working-class parents.

Rachel looked at me with scorn.

Many women scorn the use of make-up.

He scorned the government's record in dealing with crime.

The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately

Her mother's scorn left a wound that never healed.

...the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot...

The stunt earned her the scorn of her censorious older sister.

...the psychic's bold claims were greeted with distrust and outright scorn...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: scorn
he/she/it: scorns
present participle: scorning
past tense: scorned
past participle: scorned
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