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Hell hath no fury like a (certain type of person) scorned

No one will have a greater wrath or vengeance than (this type of person) when he or she has been wronged. A hyperbolic and often humorous play on the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," in which any person, demographic, or profession may be substituted for "woman." The university might think nothing of hiking up the cost of tuition, but we'll show them that Hell hath no fury like a broke college student scorned! The governor, after veering away from his party's core ideologies, is now discovering that Hell hath no fury like politicians scorned.
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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Prov. There is nothing as unpleasant as a woman who has been offended or whose love has not been returned. When Mary Ann discovered that George was not in love with her, George discovered that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Bill: I'm getting tired of going out with Mary; I think I'll tell her we're through. Fred: Be careful. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you know.
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hold someone or something up to scorn

Fig. to single out someone or something for repudiation. The entire crowd held Randy up to scorn for his part in the riot. The disappointed fans held up the losing team to scorn.
See also: hold, scorn, up

hell has no fury like a woman scorned

No anger is worse than that of a jilted woman. For example, Nancy has nothing good to say about Tom-hell has no fury, you know. This term is a shortening of William Congreve's lines, "Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorn'd" ( The Mourning Bride, 1697). Similar lines appear in several plays of the same period. Today the proverb is often shortened even more, as in the example.
See also: fury, hell, like, scorn, woman
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Come with me, and don't sit starving here," said Tom, with a scornful look from her empty plate to that of her recreant escort, which was piled with good things.
I knew that - I knew you were too high-minded and pure in your own nature to continue to regard one so utterly false and polluted with any feelings but those of indignation and scornful abhorrence
It speaks the truth and it is just, generous, hospitable, temperate, scornful of petty calculations and scornful of being scorned.
Courageous, unconcerned, scornful, coercive--so wisdom wisheth us; she is a woman, and ever loveth only a warrior.
In her ears still was the boy's scornful "you was so good and kind.
Nevyedovsky affected to be not merely indifferent but scornful of this appellation, but it was obvious that he was highly delighted, and had to keep a curb on himself not to betray the triumph which was unsuitable to their new liberal tone.
What is the formula to turn the notorious neutrality between citizens and government into scornful conviction of neutrality between VMRO and SDSM?
Desmond, the owner of just under three per cent of Ladbrokes shares, was scornful of the company's leaders and vowed to ensure investors get another chance to vote once the Competition and Markets Authority has decided how many betting shops Ladbrokes must sell in order to join forces with Coral.
Never be scornful of your child's fears and always try to be sympathetic and supportive.
And, yes, obviously I am scornful of the claims of superstitious locals that their actions angered uppity mountain gods and caused an earthquake.
Perhaps on the day when mankind landed its first unmanned spacecraft on a comet, we shouldn't be too scornful of a proposal to build an underwater tunnel from Holyhead through to Dublin.
We are on the verge of trashing our global name and brand in an act of selfmutilation that will leave our international rivals stunned, gleeful and discreetly scornful.
And more than half of all service personnel are scornful of the degree of integration between regular personnel and volunteers.
Many Congress leaders condemned the usage of scornful words by the Congress candidate.
Kora is spoilt, and very scornful of the boy, but her reckless use of power alerts the invader Vennum, and Kora must avoid capture at all costs.