Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    keannu's Avatar
    keannu is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    4,351
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default ignore vs look down on

    I learned from a native speaker that "ignore" just means "don't pay attention to sb/sth", while "look down on" or "despise" means "to disregard to disrespect" someone. But the following examples seem to have the nuance of "despise", so please tell me the difference between "ignore" and "look down on".

    ex1)They ignore their siblings or the rest of the family
    ex2)Don't even ignore hewers of wood

  2. #2
    keannu's Avatar
    keannu is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    4,351
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ignore vs look down on

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    To ignore is to not pay attention. I can ignore you and I can ignore the clicking sound in the engine of my automobile.

    To look down on is to assume that you are somehow superior to someone else and, thus, perceive that they are inferior to you. It is like you are standing up and looking down on something on the ground though this phrase has more to do with a psychological feeling.
    Okay, perfect!!!, but what are these? These are not related to despising, just meaning "not paying attention" to the objects?
    ex1)They ignore their siblings or and the rest of the family
    ex2)Don't even ignore hewers of wood

  3. #3
    keannu's Avatar
    keannu is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    4,351
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ignore vs look down on

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I can ignore a loud radio without despising the radio, the music, or the other sounds that the radio makes. I could ignore you because I despise you but I could also ignore you because I am busy doing something else. Whoever told you that the term is only related to something despised had a limited understanding of the term.
    I think you mean "igonore" ultimately means "not paying attention to" but the reason can be various such as "being busy", "despising the other party", "don't want to be related to that person", etc. So I can just interpret the meaning as "not paying attention" as the final result, Right?

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] ignore/object
    By hooshdar3 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 21-Nov-2011, 13:05
  2. neglect or ignore
    By masterding in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Dec-2010, 14:07
  3. overlook, ignore, neglect
    By sjc55 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Oct-2009, 14:59
  4. Ignore
    By rks in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Oct-2008, 10:35
  5. 125-ignore v.s deny
    By matilda in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-May-2006, 17:18

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •