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Definition of SPURNING

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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 v.0.48 [gcide]


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