Spurning
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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