scorn (noun, verb) past tense: scorned LISTEN
Scorn is open disrespect or hatred.
- Rhonda felt scorn for the friend who told lies about her.
- "If you cheat on the exam, you risk the scorn of your fellow students."
Scorn also means ‘to treat with contempt or hatred.’
- During the debate, the candidate scorned his opponent.
- Although Megan tried to help, they scorned her actions.
Don't confuse it with
corn: a tall cereal plant. Example: “Polenta is made out of corn meal.”
Did you know?
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” is an expression based on a quote from a 17th century play by William Congreves. It means that no anger is worse than that of a woman who has been disrespected or deceived.
In pop culture
Scorn is a horror video game set in a nightmarish universe. Watch the trailer, if you dare: