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Spurn, vb. 1) to strike with the foot, to kick; trans.: “that like a football you do s. me thus? you s. me hence, and he will s. me hither,” Err. II, 1, 83. “and s. in pieces posts of adamant,” H6A I, 4, 52. Usually expressive of disdain and contempt, or of anger: “spaniel-like, the more she --s my love, the more it fawneth on her,” Gent. IV, 2, 14. Mids. II, 1, 205. III, 2, 225. III, 2, 225 Merch. I, 3, 119. Merch. I, 3, 119 Merch. I, 3, 119 John II, 24. H6C I, 4, 58. Cor. V, 3, 165. Tim. I, 1, 85. Tim. I, 1, 85 Caes. III, 1, 46. Ant. II, 5, 63. III, 5, 17. Cymb. IV, 1, 20. V, 5, 294.
Intr.; with against: “why thou against the church, our holy mother, so wilfully dost s.” John III, 1, 142 (cf. “to kick against the pricks,” Acts IX, 5). With at: “--s at his love, . . . beating his kind embracements with her heels,” Ven. 311. “wouldst thou not spit at me and s. at me,” Err. II, 2, 136. “--s enviously at straws,” Hml. IV, 5, 6. With upon: “I'll strike thee to my foot, and s. upon thee,” R3 I, 2, 42.
2) to treat with contempt, to scorn; trans.: “he shall s. fate, scorn death,” Mcb. III, 5, 30. “what safe and nicely I might well delay . . . I disdain and s.” Lr. V, 3, 145. Intr., with at: “thou that --est at right, at law, at reason,” Lucr. 880. “in vain I s. at my confirmed despite,” Lucr. 880 “to s. at your most royal image,” H4B V, 2, 89. “wilt thou s. at his edict and fulfil a man's?” R3 I, 4, 203. == to be angry with: “I know no personal cause to s. at him,” Caes. II, 1, 11.
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