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  • Several times I led him right up to the bowl and stuck his nose into it, but he spurned the fresh water as if it were vinegar, wanting only to return to his new best friend, Killer, and the other dogs.†   (source)
  • Before that he had spurned his father's alma mater, Ole Miss, to go to Tennessee, where he had one of the greatest careers in the history of college quarterbacking.†   (source)
  • We sat together looking through the crooked stick fence at the great variety of spurned blossoms in my father's garden.†   (source)
  • Her father—spurned and rejected and lovelorn?†   (source)
  • The Sardaukar spurned the Duke with his toe.†   (source)
  • Even if he spurns your apology, at least you can't be blamed for not making the effort.†   (source)
  • The brothers would stumble home late, stepping on Papi, howling about some morena who had spurned them to their faces.†   (source)
  • He was the first commanding officer to spurn such a meeting.†   (source)
  • Now it is increasingly common for men in South Asia or Southeast Asia to take sulfuric acid and hurl it in the faces of girls or women who have spurned them.†   (source)
  • Jace wanted to spurn the offered hand, but wasn't sure, considering the pain in his head, that he could make it to his feet unaided.†   (source)
  • But instead of spurning it, she proudly, provocatively played it for all it was worth, as if submitting of her own will to public rape; and suddenly, unable to wait any longer, she pulled Tomas down to the floor.†   (source)
  • Who felt cheated, spurned, and carried a resentment far deeper than what she had revealed.†   (source)
  • You scorned them and spurned them, but the faster you ran from them, the closer you came to them.†   (source)
  • Joffrey had offered me a tower to die in, but I had spurned his gift, so now he meant to offer me a dungeon.†   (source)
  • The worst day was the testimony of the lover who spurned her, Tom Findlay.†   (source)
  • In 1759, spurned in his desire for a royal commission, he had "retired" at age twenty-seven to the life of a Virginia planter and, that same year, married Martha Dandridge Custis of Williamsburg, an attractive, extremely wealthy widow with two children, to whom he gave full devotion.†   (source)
  • Like all the other officers at Group Headquarters except Major Danby, Colonel Cathcart was infused with the democratic spirit: he believed that all men were created equal, and he therefore spurned all men outside Group Headquarters with equal fervor.†   (source)
  • He wanted to help Reyna, but since his own strategy was to deal with his problems alone, spurning anyone who tried to get close, he couldn't exactly criticize Reyna for doing the same thing.†   (source)
  • "Is it me," Jack confided to Charles, "or do I sense a hint of spurned romance in her anger?"†   (source)
  • It was noised about that in choosing Mompellion, she had spurned another suitor who might have made her a duchess.†   (source)
  • Utterly smitten, the maiden spurned the Polestar and chose the Aurora.†   (source)
  • She found no satisfaction in the prestige of industrial power-she spurned it-she preferred her own circle of friends.†   (source)
  • Then he leapt forward, spurning the earth, and was gone like the north wind from the mountains.†   (source)
  • It's where Pippa famously spurned her intended, Mr. Bumble, before being claimed by the realms forever.†   (source)
  • His expression would be that of a spurned horseman on foot in a Budapest cafe, who, about to shoot himself in the head, would glance at the woman he loved, and smile.†   (source)
  • By spurning the Point, he was following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather.†   (source)
  • He insisted that he could not possibly explain why my hospitality had been so rudely spurned ...and he never did.†   (source)
  • Socially, one must at once maintain one's ethnic identity and yet spurn any ethnic identification—white, black, Irish, Jewish, so forth.†   (source)
  • The beeves were moving across, all right, and on the other side a tramp leaned on a cane to watch, leering like a dandy at each one of the carcasses as it went by; it could have been some haughty and spurning woman he kept catching like that.†   (source)
  • I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.   (source)
    spurned = rejected as not good enough
  • They were forever ardent and craving; still I desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned.   (source)
  • Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.   (source)
    spurn = reject as not good enough
  • 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.   (source)
    spurned = rejected as not good enough
  • But again when I reflected that they had spurned and deserted me, anger returned, a rage of anger, and unable to injure anything human, I turned my fury towards inanimate objects.   (source)
  • He sweeps past, the plow spurning cloudy snow into the gully.†   (source)
  • That she would spurn me for leaving her alone in the woods.†   (source)
  • "It would kill Papa if I spurned him," Harriet says.†   (source)
  • Had Reply spurned you, was that the way of it?†   (source)
  • I wanted to spurn the Herondale name because I thought I hated my father, but I don't hate him.†   (source)
  • A maid that Renly had spurned, claims one.†   (source)
  • The soul trembled in her body, her naked, spurned body.†   (source)
  • Who better than a suitor the queen spurned?†   (source)
  • When Linnea discovered that she had been spurned, scorned, and abandoned, she went mad with grief.†   (source)
  • Because I knew that you would spurn him.†   (source)
  • with the hopelessness only to be rescued by a passing carpenter who is poor but honest and will love the factory girl for her own humble self though it turns out the passing carpenter is really the son of a duke, which is much higher than an earl, so that now the poor factory girl is a duchess and can look down her nose at the earl who spurned her because she's happy tending her roses on her twelve-thousand-acre estate in Shropshire and being kind to her poor old mother, who refuses to leave her humble little cottage for all the money in the world.†   (source)
  • M'Lord, if that swine ....he's no more than a beast you'd spurn with your foot and discard the shoe because it'd been contaminated.†   (source)
  • A few whispered that Ser Criston had been Princess Rhaenyra's lover before he took the white and wanted vengeance on the woman who had spurned him.†   (source)
  • Or you may spurn my lord's friendship and our servant will simply deliver the Book himself while Rowan reaps our wrath.†   (source)
  • But to abandon Orr's tent would be to abandon Orr, who would have been spurned and humiliated clannishly by these four simple-minded officers waiting to move in.†   (source)
  • She could not have intended this as a trap, he thought, because he could escape it so easily, by refusing to accept any blame for his forgetfulness and by leaving her spurned; she knew that his feeling for her was her only weapon.†   (source)
  • It was my girls you spurned, though.†   (source)
  • "To be sure," declared Lord Florent airily, "and she would scarcely be the first maid maddened to murder by a man who spurned her.†   (source)
  • I offered Jonathan safety if he stayed with me; he spurned it and returned to you, and you'll exact your revenge on him as I told him you would.†   (source)
  • You would have me spurn them.†   (source)
  • She kept picturing the following scene: She had come out of the toilet and her body was standing in the anteroom naked and spurned.†   (source)
  • THE SPURNED SUITOR†   (source)
  • She spurned him.†   (source)
  • But yesterday you would have spurned your breakfast if I had let you in your eagerness to go down.†   (source)
  • I am!" he said, mounting up on his pride and tallest falsehood-spurning dignity.†   (source)
  • Angered by having been hauled into court, my father now spurned us completely.†   (source)
  • When I'm through with them, even death will spurn them!†   (source)
  • After that, even a third time this lady brought herself to be spurned in like fashion; so that finally she gave up her wicked project, out of either fear or discouragement.†   (source)
  • The dealer's fingers spurned the pearl so that it bounced and rebounded softly from the side of the velvet tray.†   (source)
  • He heard the commentator's voice: Mary Dalton, daughter of Chicago's Henry Dalton, 4605 Drexel Boulevard, shocks society by spurning the boys of La Salle Street and the Gold Coast and accepting the attentions of a well-known radical while on her recent winter vacation in Florida".†   (source)
  • The chaste and beautiful Countess of Cornwall," resumed Gawaine, "spurned the advances of King Uther Pen-dragon, and she told our Grandfather about it She said: 'I suppose we were sent for that I should be dishonoured.†   (source)
  • A man will often love what he spurns.†   (source)
  • He had almost a mile yet to go, so he ran not fast but carefully, steadily, his face lowered a little as if he contemplated the spurned road beneath his feet, his elbows at his sides like a trained runner.†   (source)
  • I, who had walked the streets of Rome in Genoa velvet and had seen the stars through Galileo's tube, spurned the friars, with their dusty tomes and their sunken, jealous eyes and their crabbed hairsplitting speech.†   (source)
  • I told Simon, who listened to me with suspicion, irony, reprimand, already hard and waiting to spurn my explanation that I had to get off early to see a friend in the hospital.†   (source)
  • His maternal ancestors crowded into his face when he was spurning at Arthur—ancestors whose civilization, like Mordred's, had been matriarchal: who had ridden bare-back, charged in chariots, fought by stratagem, and ornamented their grisly strongholds with the heads of enemies.†   (source)
  • Had a spurned stone cried out in pain it could not have appeared a greater and more pitiful miracle.†   (source)
  • His soul had arisen from the grave of boyhood, spurning her grave-clothes.†   (source)
  • He will not spurn your faith; He will not neglect your prayers.†   (source)
  • I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave.†   (source)
  • —There, Damian, spurn this Jew from the gate—shoot him dead if he oppose or turn again.†   (source)
  • Then he spurned the corpse with his foot and said:— "Throw that outside."†   (source)
  • "The more fool you!" said Legree, spitting scornfully at him, and spurning him with his foot.†   (source)
  • If I pitied you for crying and looking so very frightened, you should spurn such pity.†   (source)
  • Spurn the idol Bell, and the hideous dragon; turn from the wrath to come; mind thine eye, I say; oh!†   (source)
  • Is there no way to rob them of further triumph, and spurn their mercy and compassion?†   (source)
  • Down went Pew with a cry that rang high into the night; and the four hoofs trampled and spurned him and passed by.†   (source)
  • He spurned him savagely with his foot.†   (source)
  • That such a lady may be more law abiding than the poor girl whom we used to spurn into the gutter for bearing one unlawful infant is no doubt true; but dare you say she is less self-indulgent?†   (source)
  • That I do not despair is because I know also the forces that are driving behind you—because I know the raging lash of poverty, the sting of contempt and mastership, 'the insolence of office and the spurns.'†   (source)
  • Seated among the Germans and Swiss were bearded, elegant Russians, looking barbarically rich, and Dutchmen with traces of Malayan blood— all intermixed with a sprinkling of indeterminate sorts who spoke French and came from the Balkans or the Levant, a motley set of adventurers for whom Hans Castorp had a certain weakness but whom Joachim spurned as dubious and lacking in character.†   (source)
  • During their earlier and formative years, both had seen their very good-natured and sympathetic mother, of whom they were honestly fond, spurned and abused by a faithless husband.†   (source)
  • May everlasting shame consume The memory of those who tried To befoul and smear the exalted name Of one who spurned them in his pride.†   (source)
  • And I know not which be darker,—no, not I. But this I know: in yonder Vale of the Humble stand to-day a million swarthy men, who willingly would "...bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes,"— all this and more would they bear did they but know that this were sacrifice and not a meaner thing.†   (source)
  • Her very limbs seemed to ache with longing for the love of a man who had spurned her, who had resisted her tenderness, remained cold to her appeals, and had not responded to the glow of passion, which had caused her to feel and hope that those happy olden days in Paris were not all dead and forgotten.†   (source)
  • I must save money, and I will; and one of those colleges shall open its doors to me—shall welcome whom now it would spurn, if I wait twenty years for the welcome.†   (source)
  • Cranly's heavy boots were heard loudly charging across the quadrangle and then returning heavily, foiled and spurning the gravel at each step.†   (source)
  • And if it be pain for a mother to be parted from her child, for a man to be exiled from hearth and home, for friend to be sundered from friend, O think what pain, what anguish it must be for the poor soul to be spurned from the presence of the supremely good and loving Creator Who has called that soul into existence from nothingness and sustained it in life and loved it with an immeasurable love.†   (source)
  • ends of the carriage-poles; let him see the fours, chosen for beauty as well as speed; let him see them in magnificent action, their masters not more conscious of the situation and all that is asked and hoped from them—their heads tossing, nostrils in play, now distent, now contracted—limbs too dainty for the sand which they touch but to spurn—limbs slender, yet with impact crushing as hammers—every muscle of the rounded bodies instinct with glorious life, swelling, diminishing, justifying the world in taking from them its ultimate measure of force; finally, along with chariots, drivers, horses, let the reader see the accompanying shadows fly; and, with such distinctness as the pictur†   (source)
  • I will answer for it, that mine thinks herself full as clever, and would spurn any body's assistance.†   (source)
  • If he needed a King and Queen to restore him, he was fortunate in having his remedy at hand; for, soon the large-faced King and the fair-faced Queen came in their golden coach, attended by the shining Bull's Eye of their Court, a glittering multitude of laughing ladies and fine lords; and in jewels and silks and powder and splendour and elegantly spurning figures and handsomely disdainful faces of both sexes, the mender of roads bathed himself, so much to his temporary intoxication, that he cried Long live the King, Long live the Queen, Long live everybody and everything!†   (source)
  • 'She is dead, perhaps,' said Miss Dartle, with a smile, as if she could have spurned the body of the ruined girl.†   (source)
  • When that hour arrives—and, mark me, come it will—turn from the world to which you clung, to the refuge which you spurned.†   (source)
  • Finally, in a much-feared satirical journal, an article by its most popular columnist finished off the monster for good, spurning it in the style of Hippolytus repulsing the amorous advances of his stepmother Phædra, and giving the creature its quietus amid a universal burst of laughter.†   (source)
  • If it was not disgusting to me in every other way, I should object to my sister's name being associated for a moment with that of a young man whose father must hate the very thought of us all, and would spurn you.†   (source)
  • I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry,—I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart—God knows what its name was,—that tears started to my eyes.†   (source)
  • "She speaks much of her father; says she hears, There's tricks i' the world; and hems, and beats her breast; Spurns enviously at straws; speaks things in doubt, That carry but half sense; her speech is nothing, Yet the unshaped use of it doth move The hearers to collection;" Hamlet, IV.†   (source)
  • Spurning the loathsome object with his foot, he turned from it with the same indifference he would have quitted a brute carcass.†   (source)
  • "Let him thank his stars that we have not flung him into the same fire!" shouted a rude figure, spurning the embers with his foot.†   (source)
  • Even if I should kneel before him, and implore him to spare me, for the sake of my children, I knew he would spurn me with his foot, and my weakness would be his triumph.†   (source)
  • The fire of Dorothea's anger was not easily spent, and it flamed out in fitful returns of spurning reproach.†   (source)
  • Yes; spurn me, tread upon me, kill me!†   (source)
  • The prince spurned the nearest boy with his foot, and said fiercely— "Take thou that, till the morrow come and I build thee a gibbet!"†   (source)
  • What a triumph for him, as she often thought, could he know that the proposals which she had proudly spurned only four months ago, would now have been most gladly and gratefully received!†   (source)
  • But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father's influence could prevail.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "Tis whispered that she loves the young English artist who haunts her steps, and is spurned by the old Count," said the lady, as they joined the dance.†   (source)
  • Measured by the prisoner's experience, however, it might be reckoned a journey of some length; for haughty as her demeanour was, she perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to see her, as if her heart had been flung into the street for them all to spurn and trample upon.†   (source)
  • Excited by such appliances to vice, my constitutional temperament broke forth with redoubled ardor, and I spurned even the common restraints of decency in the mad infatuation of my revels.†   (source)
  • How is it that Amelia, who had such a number of friends at school, and was so beloved there, comes out into the world and is spurned by her discriminating sex?†   (source)
  • Sam, loud and overbearing as he was, she rather regretted when he went, for he was clever and intelligent, and glad to be employed in any errand in the town; and though spurning the remonstrances of Susan, given as they were, though very reasonable in themselves, with ill-timed and powerless warmth, was beginning to be influenced by Fanny's services and gentle persuasions; and she found that the best of the three younger ones was gone in him: Tom and Charles being at least as many years as they were his juniors distant from that age of feeling and reason, which might suggest the expediency of making friends, and of endeavouring to be less disagreeable.†   (source)
  • A highly civilized community spurns the attempts of a local independence, is disgusted at its numerous blunders, and is apt to despair of success before the experiment is completed.†   (source)
  • At Lowood, indeed, I took that resolution, kept it, and succeeded in pleasing; but with Mrs. Reed, I remember my best was always spurned with scorn.†   (source)
  • Sir Walter spurned the idea of its being offered in any manner; forbad the slightest hint being dropped of his having such an intention; and it was only on the supposition of his being spontaneously solicited by some most unexceptionable applicant, on his own terms, and as a great favour, that he would let it at all.†   (source)
  • It will make me spurn you!†   (source)
  • Eustacia, if I offend you by not forgetting you, you are right to mention it; but do not talk of spurning.†   (source)
  • Miss Amy, I know very well that your high-souled brother, and likewise your spirited sister, spurn me from a height.†   (source)
  • Then the wretched boy looked cautiously up and found her gone, crept out of bed, fastened his door, and threw himself upon his pillow again: tearing his hair, morosely crying, grudgingly loving her, hatefully but impenitently spurning himself, and no less hatefully and unprofitably spurning all the good in the world.†   (source)
  • Pardon, this troop I cannot follow after
    With lofty speech, though by them scorned and spurned:
    My pathos certainly would move Thy laughter,
    If Thou hadst not all merriment unlearned.†   (source)
  • Though life its common gifts deny,—
    Though, with a crushed and bleeding heart,
    And spurned of man, he goes to die!†   (source)
  • Kneeling, he pretended to kiss the King's foot, and was indignantly spurned; whereupon he went about begging for a rag to paste over the place upon his face which had been touched by the foot, saying it must be preserved from contact with the vulgar air, and that he should make his fortune by going on the highway and exposing it to view at the rate of a hundred shillings a sight.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The first I chose was Celine Varens — another of those steps which make a man spurn himself when he recalls them.†   (source)
  • The few, who thereof something really learned,
    Unwisely frank, with hearts that spurned concealing,
    And to the mob laid bare each thought and feeling,
    Have evermore been crucified and burned.†   (source)
  • Not that anger, on account of spurned beauty can dwell in the celestial breasts of charitable ladies, but rather that the errors of persons who have once been much admired necessarily take a deeper tinge from the mere force of contrast; and also, that to-day Maggie's conspicuous position, for the first time, made evident certain characteristics which were subsequently felt to have an explanatory bearing.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • A happy distinction, which allows men to act in the name of nations without consulting them, and to claim their gratitude whilst their rights are spurned.†   (source)
  • And on her side gentle thoughts and simple pleasures were odious to Mrs. Becky; they discorded with her; she hated people for liking them; she spurned children and children-lovers.†   (source)
  • There was something in his way of spurning them out of their places with his heel, and getting them into the required position, that Clennam thought had an air of cruelty in it.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • —how I spurned that turnpike earth!†   (source)
  • In the course of the tale I had mentioned Mr. Lloyd as having come to see me after the fit: for I never forgot the, to me, frightful episode of the red-room: in detailing which, my excitement was sure, in some degree, to break bounds; for nothing could soften in my recollection the spasm of agony which clutched my heart when Mrs. Reed spurned my wild supplication for pardon, and locked me a second time in the dark and haunted chamber.†   (source)
  • into melancholy and withdrawal from all who knew her—if, in that state of weakness, he dictated to me, whose life she had darkened with her sin, and who had been appointed to know her wickedness from her own hand and her own lips, a bequest meant as a recompense to her for supposed unmerited suffering; was there no difference between my spurning that injustice, and coveting mere money—a thing which you, and your comrades in the prisons, may steal from anyone?'†   (source)
  • 'Your brother's widow and her orphan child spurn the shelter of your roof, and shun you with disgust and loathing.†   (source)
  • And, one night, when his mother, in the last agony of her despair, knelt at his feet, he spurned her from him,—threw her senseless on the floor, and, with brutal curses, fled to his ship.†   (source)
  • Why, how many lies, what mean and abject evasions, what humbled behaviour from upstarts who, but for my money, would spurn me aside as they do their betters every day, would that ten thousand pounds have brought me in!†   (source)
  • And now, to be defied and spurned, to be held up to her in the worst and most repulsive colours, to know that she was taught to hate and despise him: to feel that there was infection in his touch, and taint in his companionship—to know all this, and to know that the mover of it all was that same boyish poor relation who had twitted him in their very first interview, and openly bearded and braved him since, wrought his quiet and stealthy malignity to such a pitch, that there was scarcely anything he would not have hazarded to gratify it, if he could have seen his way to some immediate retaliation.†   (source)
  • Menelaos followed to spurn the man's chest with his foot and strip his gear away.†   (source)
  • He spurned it, groaning: "No, I pray you, my dear friends, if anyone will listen!†   (source)
  • Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.†   (source)
  • had suggested them, from Thorpe himself, whom he had chanced to meet again in town, and who, under the influence of exactly opposite feelings, irritated by Catherine's refusal, and yet more by the failure of a very recent endeavour to accomplish a reconciliation between Morland and Isabella, convinced that they were separated forever, and spurning a friendship which could be no longer serviceable, hastened to contradict all that he had said before to the advantage of the Morlands—confessed himself to have been totally mistaken in his opinion of their circumstances and character, misled by the rhodomontade of his friend to believe his father a man of substance and credit, whereas th†   (source)
  • It is the man of prayer whom Agamemnon treated with contempt: he kept his daughter, spurned his gifts: for that man's sake the Archer visited grief upon us and will again.†   (source)
  • A variety of occupations, of objects, and of company, which could not be procured at Barton, would be inevitable there, and might yet, she hoped, cheat Marianne, at times, into some interest beyond herself, and even into some amusement, much as the ideas of both might now be spurned by her.†   (source)
  • On the contrary, he is more than ever full of anger, spurns you and your gifts, calls on you to work out your own defense to save the ships and the Akhaian army.†   (source)
  • If a man reveres the daughters of Zeus when they come near, he is rewarded, and his prayers are heard; but if he spurns them and dismisses them, they make their way to Zeus again and ask that Folly dog that man till suffering has taken arrogance out of him.†   (source)
  • The delicate hooves spurned the ground, churning up thick clods of damp earth.†   (source)
  • Why do you spurn my father so—why don't you
    sit beside him, engage him, ask him questions?†   (source)
  • Now they spurn me, dressed in filthy rags.†   (source)
  • Now because I am filthy, wear such grimy rags,
    she spurns me—your mother still can't bring herself
    to believe I am her husband.†   (source)
  • Just because I am crippled, Zeus's daughter Aphrodite
    will always spurn me and love that devastating Ares,
    just because of his striking looks and racer's legs
    while I am a weakling, lame from birth, and who's to blame?†   (source)
  • She only spurns her own—
    countless Phaeacians round about who court her,
    nothing but our best.'†   (source)
  • At first, true, she spurned the idea of such an outrage,
    Clytemnestra the queen, her will was faithful still.†   (source)
  • She neither spurned nor embraced a marriage she despised,
    no, she simply planned our death, our black doom!†   (source)
  • Inshore and farther out the mirror of water whitened, spurned by lightshod hurrying feet.†   (source)
  • —Say that he is the spurned lover in the sonnets.†   (source)
  • But the court wanton spurned him for a lord, his dearmylove.†   (source)
  • O you fables spurning the known, eluding the hold of the known,
    mounting to heaven!†   (source)
  • With clang tinkle boomhammer tallyho hornblower blue green yellow flashes Toft's cumbersome turns with hobbyhorse riders from gilded snakes dangled, bowels fandango leaping spurn soil foot and fall again.†   (source)
  • Why hast thou done this abomination before me that thou didst spurn me for a merchant of jalaps and didst deny me to the Roman and to the Indian of dark speech with whom thy daughters did lie luxuriously?†   (source)
  • Once spurned twice spurned.†   (source)
  • Spurned lover.†   (source)
  • A horde of heresies fleeing with mitres awry: Photius and the brood of mockers of whom Mulligan was one, and Arius, warring his life long upon the consubstantiality of the Son with the Father, and Valentine, spurning Christ's terrene body, and the subtle African heresiarch Sabellius who held that the Father was Himself His own Son.†   (source)
  • Spurned and undespairing.†   (source)
  • one, the scorner utterly
    crush'd beneath you,
    The menacing arrogant one that strode and advanced with his
    senseless scorn, bearing the murderous knife,
    The wide-swelling one, the braggart that would yesterday do so much,
    To-day a carrion dead and damn'd, the despised of all the earth,
    An offal rank, to the dunghill maggots spurn'd.†   (source)
  • Raise main-sail and jib—steer forth,
    O little white-hull'd sloop, now speed on really deep waters,
    (I will not call it our concluding voyage,
    But outset and sure entrance to the truest, best, maturest;)
    Depart, depart from solid earth—no more returning to these shores,
    Now on for aye our infinite free venture wending,
    Spurning all yet tried ports, seas, hawsers, densities, gravitation,
    Sail out for good, eidolon yacht of me!†   (source)
  • Talk not of rights; thou spurn'st the due of Heaven CREON.†   (source)
  • "Then die and be d—d," cries he, spurning her from him.†   (source)
  • He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
    His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear.†   (source)
  • Am I so round with you, as you with me, That like a football you do spurn me thus?†   (source)
  • or I'll spurn thine eyes Like balls before me; I'll unhair thy head: [She hales him up and down.]†   (source)
  • I am but spurned awa> And trampled by this tigress, red With children's blood.†   (source)
  • By the same weapon, sent from the same hand, Both fall together, and both spurn the sand.†   (source)
  • He's walking in the garden—thus; and spurns The rush that lies before him; cries 'Fool Lepidus!'†   (source)
  • I am as like to call thee so again, To spet on thee again, to spurn thee too.†   (source)
  • perchance to dream:—ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin?†   (source)
  • My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt; Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate If such petitioners as you I spurned.†   (source)
  • At last his sail-broad vans
    He spread for flight, and, in the surging smoke
    Uplifted, spurns the ground; thence many a league,
    As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides
    Audacious; but, that seat soon failing, meets
    A vast vacuity.†   (source)
  • I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you: Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you.†   (source)
  • When I protest true loyalty to her, She twits me with my falsehood to my friend; When to her beauty I commend my vows, She bids me think how I have been forsworn In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd; And notwithstanding all her sudden quips, The least whereof would quell a lover's hope, Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love The more it grows and fawneth on her still.†   (source)
  • Spurn me when I kneel to thee?†   (source)
  • Down drops the beast, nor needs a second wound, But sprawls in pangs of death, and spurns the ground.†   (source)
  • You say so: You that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur Over your threshold; moneys is your suit.†   (source)
  • He said, "a fancy would sometimes take a Yahoo to retire into a corner, to lie down, and howl, and groan, and spurn away all that came near him, although he were young and fat, wanted neither food nor water, nor did the servant imagine what could possibly ail him.†   (source)
  • And up they go, and down again anon,
    Till that the miller spurned* on a stone, *stumbled
    And down he backward fell upon his wife,
    That wiste nothing of this nice strife:
    For she was fall'n asleep a little wight* *while
    With John the clerk, that waked had all night:
    And with the fall out of her sleep she braid*.†   (source)
  • the great King of kings Hath in the table of his law commanded That thou shalt do no murder: will you then Spurn at His edict and fulfil a man's?†   (source)
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  • I know no personal cause to spurn at him,   (source)
    spurn = strike
  • If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him,
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.   (source)
    spurn = kick
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