scorner


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scorn

 (skôrn)
n.
1.
a. Contempt or disdain felt toward a person or object considered despicable or unworthy: viewed his rivals with scorn.
b. The expression of such an attitude in behavior or speech; derision: heaped scorn upon his rivals.
c. The state of being despised or dishonored: held in scorn by his rivals.
2. Archaic One spoken of or treated with contempt.
tr.v. scorned, scorn·ing, scorns
1. To consider or treat as contemptible or unworthy: an artist who was scorned by conservative critics.
2. To reject or refuse with derision: scorned their offer of help. See Synonyms at despise.
3. To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath one's dignity: "She disapproved so heartily of Flora's plan that she would have scorned to assist in the concoction of a single oily sentence" (Stella Gibbons).

[Middle English, from Old French escarn, of Germanic origin.]

scorn′er n.
scorn′ful adj.
scorn′ful·ly adv.
scorn′ful·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scorner - a person who expresses contempt by remarks or facial expression
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
References in classic literature ?
Passion for power: the wicked gadfly which is mounted on the vainest peoples; the scorner of all uncertain virtue; which rideth on every horse and on every pride.
With his air of looking down on the highest, and confidentially inviting you to be of his company in the seat of the scorner he is irresistible; his very confession that he is a snob, too, is balm and solace to the reader who secretly admires the splendors he affects to despise.
Robson, the scorner of the female sex, was not above the foppery of stays.
The scorner of her love should pay the price upon the fiery altar.
But before he died he redeemed his name from the scorner.
And certainly it is little better, when atheists, and profane persons, do hear of so many discordant, and contrary opinions in religion; it doth avert them from the church, and maketh them, to sit down in the chair of the scorners.
Let not the light scorners of female fascination erect their ears to listen to a new tale of love which shall serve them for a jest; for Miss Brass, however accurately formed to be beloved, was not of the loving kind.
They can not afford to run the risk of having their hospitality abused by travelers, especially since travelers are such notorious scorners of honest behavior.
However, Prov 9:7-8 warns against correcting the scorner or the wicked.
Around 1515, Wynkyn de Worde published Hycke Scorner, and, around fifteen years later, he invested in two other titles, Temperance and Humility and The Interlude of Youth.
Having lodged this caveat against disinterestedness, the narrator entreats "Thou scorner of the prison, airy pow'r" to "mount through the regions of the whistling wind," "leave the loit'rer lightning far behind," "lightly scim / O'er Chili's hills, Peru's enchanting groves, / Scenes that the unfetter'd fancy dearly loves," and "Measure the serpents folds" where "waving Forest trees .
To confirm this statement Wilkins invokes the authority of the Bible, which again makes the modern reader aware that, in this heterogeneous book, an empirical observation of infantile behaviour seems of equal epistemological value as a quotation from the Proverbs: "And the Wiseman notes it of the scorner, that hee winketh with his eyes, hee speaketh with his feet, hee teacheth with his fingers (Mercury, 112).