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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).
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Scornar, n. Also: -our, skornar(e, -er. [ME and e.m.E. skorner (Manning); Scorn v.] One who mocks, derides or contemns. Cf. Scorn v. 1 and 2. c1460 Thewis Wysmen 137.
Fore God scornys euir the scornouris
a1500 Colk. Sow i 98.
Scho callit to hir cheir … A skeg a scornar a skald
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 205/35.
Be nocht in countenance ane skornar
1567 Sempill Sat. P. viii 2.
Skorner of poitis and sklanderus knaif!
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 24.
For thai ar scornaris of all religioun
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. 21/9.
In court gif thow pleisis remane … Be nocht ane scornar nor feinȝeit flatterar
1622-6 Bisset II 162/17.
A unvyse crouell tiran … ane skornare of all religioun and iustice

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