scornful treatment

See: contumely
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The worst trait, though, is the scornful treatment of its audience.
Later, he denies his permission as a means of striking back at Sara for her openly scornful treatment of him: "All I can see in you is a common, greedy, scheming, cunning peasant girl, whose only thought is money and who has shamelessly thrown herself at a young man's head because his family happens to possess a little wealth and position.