Scorn vs Horror - What's the difference?

scorn | horror |

As nouns the difference between scorn and horror

is that scorn is (uncountable) contempt or disdain while horror is .

As a verb scorn

is to feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.




(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.


    * See also


  • (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 .


    * 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.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * scornful





    Alternative forms

    * horrour


    (en noun)
  • An intense painful emotion of fear or repugnance.
  • An intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“Mrs. Yule's chagrin and horror at what she called her son's base ingratitude knew no bounds ; at first it was even thought that she would never get over it. […]”}}
  • A genre of fiction, meant to evoke a feeling of fear and suspense.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year = 1898 , date = July 3 , newspaper = Philadelphia Inquirer , page = 22 , passage = The Home Magazine for July (Binghamton and New York) contains ‘The Patriots' War Chant,’ a poem by Douglas Malloch; ‘The Story of the War,’ by Theodore Waters; ‘A Horseman in the Sky,’ by Ambrose Bierce, with a portrait of Mr. Bierce, whose tales of horror are horrible of themselves, not as war is horrible; ‘A Yankee Hero,’ by W. L. Calver; ‘The Warfare of the Future,’ by Louis Seemuller; ‘Florence Nightingale,’ by Susan E. Dickenson, with two rare portraits, etc. }}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year = 1917 , date = February 11 , newspaper = New York Times , section = Book reviews , page = 52 , passage = Those who enjoy horror , stories overflowing with blood and black mystery, will be grateful to Richard Marsh for writing ‘The Beetle.’ }}
  • * 1947 , re-release poster, tagline:
  • A Nightmare of Horror !
  • (informal) An intense anxiety or a nervous depression; this sense can also be spoken or written as the horrors .
  • Derived terms

    * horror movie * psychological horror * survival horror


    * nightmare