- 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 self-contempt
Contemporary Examples of self-contempt
Redford still admired him, saying he was “isolated from the world, free of self-contempt, managing an inn at the edge of nowhere.”10 Revelations About Robert Redford
The Daily Beast
May 8, 2011
Historical Examples of self-contempt
Kirkwood groaned with despair of his inability to fathom the abyss of his self-contempt.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
To him the winter passed in a maze of doubt and self-contempt.The Incomplete Amorist
Not without some self-contempt, he asked himself what had become of his resolution.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
In earning the contempt of others he had not saved himself from self-contempt.The Manxman
It was a knowledge that was to sear her presently with self-loathing and self-contempt.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Word Origin 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.
see familiarity breeds contempt.