1. [ noun ] lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Synonyms: contempt scorn despite

"he was held in contempt" "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

Related terms: dislike contemn
2. [ verb ] look down on with disdain
Synonyms: despise scorn contemn

"He despises the people he has to work for" "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"

Related terms: hate contempt scorner despisal
3. [ verb ] reject with contempt
Synonyms: spurn scorn reject pooh-pooh turn_down freeze_off

"She spurned his advances"

Related terms: refuse rebuff refuse reject spurner scorner cull
4. [ noun ] a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
Synonyms: patronage condescension
Related terms: disparagement patronize
Similar spelling:   disdainful