- 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.
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Origin of contempt
synonym study for contempt
OTHER WORDS FROM contemptself-con·tempt, noun
Example sentences from the Web for 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 contempt
Word Origin for contempt
Idioms and Phrases with contempt
see familiarity breeds contempt.