- the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
- the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace.
- willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court (contempt of court) or legislative body.
- an act showing such disrespect.
Origin of contempt
Examples from the Web for contempt
“Internationally there has been a lot of horror and contempt for her actions, domestically very little,” he said.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Alastair Sim had jowls like melting candle wax, a snarl like a cornered cat and eyes cold with contempt.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Their pronouncements suggest that they hold those commitments in contempt.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
The President and his party are making their contempt all too clear to white working-class voters.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
November 24, 2014
Fortunately, they are drawn from a pathetic preterite far beneath the contempt of our cultural elite.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
Where he thinks a contempt due, he pays it to the uttermost.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"Measure for Measure" is one of the best examples of Shakespeare's contempt for stagecraft.The Man Shakespeare
For all these reasons they despised the Corinthians, and made no secret of their contempt.
But they repulsed him rudely, and treated his suggestion with contempt.
An intense feeling of contempt so excited her that she stood up on her feet.The Dream
- the attitude or feeling of a person towards a person or thing that he considers worthless or despicable; scorn
- the state of being scorned; disgrace (esp in the phrase hold in contempt)
- wilful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law or legislative bodycontempt of court
Word Origin and History for contempt
late 14c., from Latin contemptus "scorn," from past participle of contemnere "to scorn, despise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *temnere "to slight, scorn," of uncertain origin. Phrase contempt of court is attested from 19c., though the idea is several centuries older.