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spurn


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spurn  \Spurn\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spurned};  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. 
 
  [The  bird]  with  his  foot  will  spurn  adown  his  cup. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  I  spurn  thee  like  a  cur  out  of  my  way  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  reject  with  disdain;  to  scorn  to  receive  or  accept  to 
  treat  with  contempt. 
 
  What  safe  and  nicely  I  might  well  delay  By  rule  of 
  knighthood,  I  disdain  and  spurn.  --Shak. 
 
  Domestics  will  pay  a  more  cheerful  service  when  they 
  find  themselves  not  spurned  because  fortune  has  laid 
  them  at  their  master's  feet.  --Locke. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spurn  \Spurn\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  kick  or  toss  up  the  heels. 
 
  The  miller  spurned  at  a  stone.  --Chaucer. 
 
  The  drunken  chairman  in  the  kennel  spurns.  --Gay. 
 
  2.  To  manifest  disdain  in  rejecting  anything  to  make 
  contemptuous  opposition  or  resistance. 
 
  Nay,  more  to  spurn  at  your  most  royal  image. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spurn  \Spurn\,  n. 
  1.  A  kick;  a  blow  with  the  foot.  [R.] 
 
  What  defence  can  properly  be  used  in  such  a 
  despicable  encounter  as  this  but  either  the  slap  or 
  the  spurn?  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Disdainful  rejection;  contemptuous  tratment. 
 
  The  insolence  of  office  and  the  spurns  That  patient 
  merit  of  the  unworthy  takes  --Shak. 
 
  3.  (Mining)  A  body  of  coal  left  to  sustain  an  overhanding 
  mass. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spurn 
  v  :  reject  with  contempt;  "She  spurned  his  advances"  [syn:  {reject}, 
  {freeze  off},  {scorn},  {pooh-pooh},  {disdain},  {turn 
  down}] 




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