Definition of Spurn

1. Verb. Reject with contempt. "She spurned his advances"

Exact synonyms: Disdain, Freeze Off, Pooh-pooh, Reject, Scorn, Turn Down
Generic synonyms: Decline, Refuse
Specialized synonyms: Rebuff, Repel, Snub
Related verbs: Decline, Pass Up, Refuse, Reject, Turn Down, Refuse, Reject, Turn Away, Turn Down
Derivative terms: Reject, Rejective, Scorner, Spurner, Turndown

Definition of Spurn

1. v. t. To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick.

2. v. i. To kick or toss up the heels.

3. n. A kick; a blow with the foot.

Definition of Spurn

1. Verb. (ambitransitive) To reject disdainfully; contemn; scorn. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To reject something by pushing it away with the foot. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To waste; fail to make the most of (an opportunity) ¹

4. Noun. An act of spurning; a scornful rejection. ¹

5. Noun. A kick. ¹

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Definition of Spurn

1. to reject with contempt [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Spurn

1. 1. A kick; a blow with the foot. "What defence can properly be used in such a despicable encounter as this but either the slap or the spurn?" (Milton) 2. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous tratment. "The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes." (Shak) 3. A body of coal left to sustain an overhanding mass. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spurn

spurious meningocele
spurious pregnancy
spurious torticollis
spurious wing
spurn (current term)
spurred gentian

Literary usage of Spurn

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"Say my request's unjust, And spurn me back ; but if it be not so, ... Then will 1 draw up my legs, and spurn her frum me with mv foot. o'^.vrj/or. ..."

2. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1904)
"To spurn. Line. SI-RISK, (1; i. ... spurn, ( 1) ». To kick. S2) ». An evil spirit. ... spurn-POINT, ». An old name of a SPURRIER,«. A maker of spurs. ..."

3. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1857)
"То spurn. Line. SPRUNK, (1} s. A concubine? ... spurn-POINT, s. An old name of a game. SPURRIER, s. A maker of spurs. SPURRING, s. A smelt. North. ..."

4. Picturesque History of Yorkshire: Being an Account of the History by Joseph Smith Fletcher (1899)
"All around the coast of south-east Holderness and along the banks of the Humber between Hull and spurn Head the North Sea has for many centuries been ..."

5. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"But my blood boils with choler, when I think Of all that happ'd the day when Atreus' Son 810 Made me of no account before the host, spurn'd me like some ..."

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