- 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
Redford still admired him, saying he was “isolated from the world, free of self-contempt, managing an inn at the edge of nowhere.”
Is there any use for me to stammer out trite phrases of self-contempt?The Younger Set|Robert W. Chambers
When the first shock of self-contempt had passed off, the boys wandered into the library, in search of their father.The Whirligig of Time|Wayland Wells Williams
And perceiving this to be so, self-contempt took hold of him like a sickness.Linda Lee, Incorporated|Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for self-contempt
Word Origin for contempt
Word Origin and History for self-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.
Idioms and Phrases with self-contempt
see familiarity breeds contempt.