KJV Dictionary Definition: scorn



1. Extreme contempt; that disdain which springs from a person's opinion of the meanness of an object, and a consciousness or belief of his own superiority or worth.

He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Esther 3.

Every sullen frown and bitter scorn but fann'd the fuel that too fast did burn.

2. A subject of extreme contempt, disdain or derision; that which is treated with contempt.

Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are around us. Ps. 44.

To think scorn, to disdain; to despise. obs.

To laugh to scorn, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible.

They laughed us to scorn. Neh. 2.

SCORN, v.t.

1. to hold in extreme contempt; to despise; to contemn; to disdain. job. 16.

Surely he scorneth the scorner; but he giveth grace to the lowly. Prov. 3.

2. to think unworth; to disdain.

Fame that delights around the world to stray, scorns not to take our Argos in her way.

3. To slight; to disregard; to neglect.

This my long suff'rance and my day of grace, those who neglect and scorn, shall never taste.

SCORN, v.i. To scorn at, to scoff at; to treat with contumely, derision or reproach. Obs.


SCORN'ED, pp. Extremely contemned or despised; disdained.



1. Contemptuous; disdainful; entertaining scorn; insolent.

Th' enamor'd deity the scornful damsel shuns.

2. Acting in defiance or disregard.

Scornful of winter's frost and summer's sun.

3. In Scripture, holding religion in contempt; treating with disdain religion and the dispensations of God.


SCORN'FULNESS, n. The quality of being scornful.


SCORN'ING, ppr. Holding in great contempt; despising; disdaining.

SCORN'ING, n. The act of contemning; a treating with contempt, slight or disdain.

How long will the scorners delight in their scorning?

Prov. 1. Ps. 123.