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'Spurn'

Definition of 'spurn'
From: WordNet
verb
Reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances" [syn: reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn down]
Definition of 'Spurn'
From: GCIDE
Spurn \Spurn\, n.
1. A kick; a blow with the foot. [R.] [1913 Webster]
What defense can properly be used in such a despicable encounter as this but either the slap or the spurn? --Milton. [1913 Webster]
2. Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment. [1913 Webster]
The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
3. (Mining) A body of coal left to sustain an overhanging mass. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Spurn'
From: GCIDE
Spurn \Spurn\ (sp[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spurned (sp[^u]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Spurning.] [OE. spurnen to kick against, to stumble over, AS. spurnan to kick, offend; akin to spura spur, OS. & OHG. spurnan to kick, Icel. spyrna, L. spernere to despise, Skr. sphur to jerk, to push. [root]171. See Spur.]
1. To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick. [1913 Webster]
[The bird] with his foot will spurn adown his cup. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
2. To reject with disdain; to scorn to receive or accept; to treat with contempt. [1913 Webster]
What safe and nicely I might well delay By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Domestics will pay a more cheerful service when they find themselves not spurned because fortune has laid them at their master's feet. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Spurn'
From: GCIDE
Spurn \Spurn\, v. i.
1. To kick or toss up the heels. [1913 Webster]
The miller spurned at a stone. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns. --Gay. [1913 Webster]
2. To manifest disdain in rejecting anything; to make contemptuous opposition or resistance. [1913 Webster]
Nay, more, to spurn at your most royal image. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
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