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Definition of "spurn" [spurn]

  • To reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn. See Synonyms at refuse1. (verb-transitive)
  • To kick at or tread on disdainfully. (verb-transitive)
  • To reject something contemptuously. (verb-intransitive)
  • A contemptuous rejection. (noun)
  • Archaic A kick. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spurn" in a sentence
  • "Readdy did not "spurn" the offer for imagery - he simply did not pursue it."
  • "Committee lowered the Federal Reserve Interest Rate during the early '90's to "spurn" the economy out of the then post Gulf War recession."
  • "Deal Journal Bostock's Letter to Shareholders Yahoo's Bostock Letter — Reading Between the Lines Mr. Bostock, who helped spurn Microsoft Corp.'s 2008 bid to buy Yahoo for more than twice it's worth today, said in a statement the moves will help speed the company's transformation under new Chief Executive Scott Thompson , the former president of eBay's Pay Pal unit hired by Yahoo last month."