|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|
|Related terms:||disparagement patronize|