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v. spurned, spurn·ing, spurns
1. To reject with disdain or contempt. See Synonyms at refuse1.
2. Archaic To kick at or tread on disdainfully.
To reject something contemptuously.
1. A contemptuous rejection.
2. A kick.
1. to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
2. archaic (when: intr, often foll by against) to kick (at)
3. an instance of spurning
4. archaic a kick or thrust
[Old English spurnan; related to Old Norse sporna, Old High German spurnan, Latin spernere to despise, Lithuanian spiriu to kick]
1. to reject with disdain; scorn.
2. to kick or trample with the foot.v.i.
3. Archaic. to scorn something.n.
4. disdainful rejection.
5. contemptuous treatment.
6. a kick.
[1250–1300; (v.) Middle English; Old English spurnan, c. Old Saxon, Old High German spurnan, Old Norse sporna to kick]
syn: See refuse1.
Past participle: spurned
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|Verb||1.||spurn - reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"|
pass up, turn down, decline, refuse, reject - refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"
1. To be unwilling to accept, consider, or receive:
Idiom: turn thumbs down on.