- [noun] lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
Synonyms: contempt, scorn, despite
- [noun] a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
Synonyms: condescension, patronage
- [verb] look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"
Synonyms: contemn, despise, scorn
- [verb] reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
Synonyms: reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, turn down