- Contemn , chiefly a literary word, implies a vehement disapproval of a person or thing as base, vile, or despicable See also syn. study at hate.
- Disdain implies a haughty or arrogant contempt for what one considers beneath one's dignity to disdain flattery
- To scorn is to feel indignation toward or deep contempt for, often with the implication of rejection or refusal to scorn the offer of a bribe
- Despise implies a strong emotional response toward that which one looks down upon with contempt or aversion to despise a hypocrite