Scorn is open disrespect for someone or something. It can also be disrespect coupled with feelings of intense dislike.

The noun scorn describes your feelings of disdain when you encounter something you view as worthless or inferior — like, for instance, a talk show that gets all its facts wrong. Use the verb form for those times when you’re actively expressing scorn. You might scorn a politician who spends $100,000 on travel while claiming to work hard promoting middle-class values.

Definitions of scorn
  1. noun
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    synonyms: contempt, despite, disdain
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    type of:
    a feeling of aversion or antipathy
  2. noun
    open disrespect for a person or thing
    synonyms: contempt
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    contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
    leer, sneer
    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
    a contemptuous or scornful remark
    type of:
    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
  3. verb
    look down on with disdain
    “The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately”
    synonyms: contemn, despise, disdain
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    look down on
    regard with contempt
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    detest, hate
    dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
  4. verb
    reject with contempt
    synonyms: disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, spurn, turn down
    decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down
    refuse to accept
    refuse, reject, turn away, turn down
    refuse entrance or membership
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    rebuff, repel, snub
    reject outright and bluntly
    type of:
    balk, decline, refuse
    show unwillingness towards
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