Scorn vs Decry - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between scorn and decry

is that scorn is to refuse to do something, as beneath oneself while decry is to blame for ills.

As verbs the difference between scorn and decry

is that scorn is to feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise while decry is to denounce as harmful.

As a noun scorn

is (uncountable) contempt or disdain.

scorn

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
  • * C. J. Smith
  • We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful.
  • To scoff, express contempt.
  • To reject, turn down
  • He scorned her romantic advances.
  • To refuse to do something, as beneath oneself.
  • She scorned to show weakness.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Noun

  • (uncountable) Contempt or disdain.
  • (countable) A display of disdain; a slight.
  • * Dryden
  • Every sullen frown and bitter scorn / But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn.
  • (countable) An object of disdain, contempt, or derision.
  • * Bible, Psalms xliv. 13
  • Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

    Usage notes

    * Scorn'' is often used in the phrases ''pour scorn on'' and ''heap scorn on .

    Quotations

    * circa 1605': The cry is still 'They come': our castle's strength / Will laugh a siege to '''scorn — '' * 1967', Rain of tears, real, mist of imagined '''scorn — John Berryman, ''Berryman's Sonnets . New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * scornful

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    decry

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To denounce as harmful.
  • * 1970 , Alvin Toffler, Future Shock'', ''Bantam Books , pg. 99:
  • All of us seem to need some totalistic relationships in our lives. But to decry the fact that we cannot have only such relationships is nonsense.
  • * 1970 , Alvin Toffler, Future Shock'', ''Bantam Books , pg. 474:
  • While decrying bureaucracy and demanding participatory democracy they, themselves, frequently attempt to manipulate the very group of workers, blacks or students on whose behalf they demand participation.
  • To blame for ills.
  • References

    * Chambers's Etymological Dictionary , 1896, p. 114 * * *

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