v. spurned, spurn·ing, spurns
1. To reject with disdain or contempt. See Synonyms at refuse1.
2. Archaic To kick at or tread on disdainfully.
To reject something contemptuously.
1. A contemptuous rejection.
2. A kick.
[Middle English spurnen, from Old English spurnan; see sperə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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