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  1. [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

  2. [noun] a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
    Synonyms: condescension, patronage

  3. [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

  4. [verb] reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
    Synonyms: reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, turn down


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