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

n lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

contempt, despite, disdain
Type of:
a feeling of aversion or antipathy

n open disrespect for a person or thing

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

v look down on with disdain

“The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately”
contemn, despise, disdain
look down on
regard with contempt
Type of:
detest, hate
dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards

v reject with contempt

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
rebuff, repel, snub
reject outright and bluntly
Type of:
decline, refuse
show unwillingness towards

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