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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Spurn

SPURN, verb transitive [Latin , spur, kicking.]

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

2. To reject with disdain; to scorn to receive or accept. What multitudes of rational beings spurn the offers of eternal happiness!

3. To treat with contempt.

SPURN, verb intransitive

1. To manifest disdain in rejecting any thing; as, to spurn at the gracious offers of pardon.

2. To make contemptuous opposition; to manifest disdain in resistance.

Nay more, to spurn at your most royal image.

3. To kick or toss up the heels.

The drunken chairman in the kennel spurns.

SPURN, noun Disdainful rejection; contemptuous treatment.

The insolence of office, and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes.