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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.
[The bird] with his foot will spurn adown his cup.
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.
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