Antonyms for scorn

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : skawrn
Phonetic Transcription : skɔrn

Definition of scorn

Origin :
  • c.1200, a shortening of Old French escarn "mockery, derision, contempt," a common Romanic word (cf. Spanish escarnio, Italian scherno) of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *skarnjan "mock, deride" (cf. Old High German skern "mockery, jest, sport," Middle High German scherzen "to jump with joy").
  • Probably influenced by Old French escorne "affront, disgrace," which is a back-formation from escorner, literally "to break off (someone's) horns," from Vulgar Latin *excornare (source of Italian scornare "treat with contempt"), from Latin ex- "without" (see ex-) + cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)).
  • noun contempt toward something
  • verb hold in contempt; look down on
Example sentences :
  • There are those in the world who scorn our vision of human dignity and freedom.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • But Hester was far less ready to scorn on her own account than on the part of another.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • It seemed as if she grew an inch taller in her scorn of the Inspector's saying.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • In his very first independent play he answered the scorners with scorn.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • Then, with scorn for my folly, I ran out into the hall, crying for help.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • What have I received but scorn and insult from these Frenchmen?
  • Extract from : « The Boy Life of Napoleon » by Eugenie Foa
  • You have treated me with scorn, with contempt, like a little child, as though I did not exist!
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • The dismay and the scorn of Mr Verloc found vent in an attempt at levity.
  • Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
  • His scorn was equally distributed over the whole field of his operations.
  • Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
  • It is a happiness which they who smile in scorn at their credulity can never enjoy.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth

Synonyms for scorn

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