To laugh to scorn
Scorn Scorn (sk[^o]rn), n. [OE. scorn, scarn, scharn, OF. escarn, escharn, eschar, of German origin; cf. OHG. skern mockery, skern[=o]n to mock; but cf. also OF. escorner to mock.] 1. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs from the opinion of the utter meanness and unworthiness of an object. [1913 Webster]

Scorn at first makes after love the more. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And wandered backward as in scorn, To wait an [ae]on to be born. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

2. An act or expression of extreme contempt. [1913 Webster]

Every sullen frown and bitter scorn But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. An object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision. [1913 Webster]

Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. --Ps. xliv. 13. [1913 Webster]

{To think scorn}, to regard as worthy of scorn or contempt; to disdain. ``He thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone.'' --Esther iii. 6.

{To laugh to scorn}, to deride; to make a mock of; to ridicule as contemptible. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Contempt; disdain; derision; contumely; despite; slight; dishonor; mockery. [1913 Webster]


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  • To laugh to scorn — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To laugh away — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To laugh down — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To laugh one out of — Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh to scorn — To deride or jeer at • • • Main Entry: ↑laugh …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Laugh — Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scorn — (sk[^o]rn), n. [OE. scorn, scarn, scharn, OF. escarn, escharn, eschar, of German origin; cf. OHG. skern mockery, skern[=o]n to mock; but cf. also OF. escorner to mock.] 1. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain which springs… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To think scorn — Scorn Scorn (sk[^o]rn), n. [OE. scorn, scarn, scharn, OF. escarn, escharn, eschar, of German origin; cf. OHG. skern mockery, skern[=o]n to mock; but cf. also OF. escorner to mock.] 1. Extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; that disdain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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