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scorn

noun [U] uk   /skɔːn/ us    /skɔːrn/
a very strong feeling of no respect for someone or something that you think is stupid or has no value: She has nothing but scorn for the new generation of politicians. Why do you always pour/heap scorn on (= criticize severely and unfairly) my suggestions?

scorn

verb [T] uk   /skɔːn/ us    /skɔːrn/
to show scorn for someone or something: So does he respect the press and media, or does he secretly scorn them? You scorned all my suggestions. to refuse advice or an offer because you are too proud: She scorned all my offers of help.
Translations of “scorn”
in Korean 경멸…
in Arabic احتِقار, ازدِراء…
in French mépris…
in Turkish küçümseme, aşağılama, hor görme…
in Italian disprezzo, disdegno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕視,鄙視…
in Russian презрение, пренебрежение…
in Polish pogarda…
in Spanish desdén, desprecio…
in Portuguese menosprezo, desdém…
in German die Verachtung…
in Catalan menyspreu…
in Japanese 軽蔑(べつ), あざけり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻视,鄙视…
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