My question stems from a conversation on sympathy and pity.
My girlfriend and I agreed that sympathy is feeling for someone, but without taking action or desiring to take action. Pity, then, overlaps with sympathy except there's a desire to take action to help the person in need. But pity, can also be more cynical, and it can demean, intentionally or otherwise, the person receiving pity.
So, this is where I'm curious, is there a word that means specifically disdainful or demeaning pity?