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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:
Adj.1.scorned - treated with contempt
unloved - not loved
References in classic literature ?
Downright English am I, Sir Knight, and downright English was my patron St Dunstan, and scorned oc and oui, as he would have scorned the parings of the devil's hoof downright English alone shall be sung in this cell.
I scorned to answer: it would have been beneath my dignity.
I wrapped myself in PRIDE as in a MANTLE, and scorned the sympathies of nature; and therefore has nature made this wretched body the medium of a dreadful sympathy.
I daresay we sighed, but never were collaborators more prepared for rejection, and though my mother might look wistfully at the scorned manuscript at times and murmur,
Nevertheless my mother was of a sex that scorned prejudice, and, dropping sarcasm, she would at times cross-examine me as if her mind was not yet made up.
She might have died and welcome," said Sancho, "when she pleased and how she pleased; and she might have left me alone, for I never made her fall in love or scorned her.
WE all know how the old saying goes - hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
EMMERDALE ITV, 7pm WE all know how the old saying goes - hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
FIDEL Castro has scorned Barack Obama's promise of help for Cuba on his historic visit.
Users of the Women Scorned website don't hold back: they write at their most vulnerable, sometimes minutes after discovering their partner has cheated on them.
Before her time at the Playboy mansion, and well before her days as Hank Baskett's scorned wife on her own reality show 'Kendra On Top,' Kendra Wilkinson began taking her clothes off for money at just 18-years-old.
THEY say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and in Liam Gallagher's case he has enraged a feminine inferno.