v. reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
v. reject with disdain or contempt
The heroine had to spurn the villain's advances.
Or have they spurned scholarship and dedicated themselves to the serious business of being seriously rich?
Sentence in Classic:
Well, that gives me sorrow, for I am not made so entirely happy by my marriage that I am willing to spurn you for the information, as I ought to do.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
That she had done a grievous thing in taking an impressionable child to mould into the form that her wild resentment, spurned affection, and wounded pride found vengeance in, I knew full well.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
The young girl spoke in high and enthusiastic terms of her mother, who, born in freedom, spurned the bondage to which she was now reduced.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
The savage spurned the worthless rags, and perceiving that the shawl had already become a prize to another, his bantering but sullen smile changing to a gleam of ferocity, he dashed the head of the infant against a rock, and cast its quivering remains to her very feet.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
Hapless Acron goes down, and, spurning the dark ground, gasps out his life, and covers the broken javelin with his blood.