- 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 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
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
- 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 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.