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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: escarn


1 noun
scorn1 [uncountable]
1 the feeling that someone or something is stupid or does not deserve respect [= contempt]
scorn for
He felt scorn for his working-class parents.
with scorn
Rachel looked at me with scorn.

pour scorn on somebody/something

also heap scorn on somebody/something American English to strongly criticize someone or something because you think they do not deserve respect:
Labour poured scorn on the Tory claim to be the party of law and order.

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