- 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
synonym study for contempt
OTHER WORDS FROM contemptself-con·tempt, noun
How to use contempt in a sentence
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.
For someone with anorexia, self-starvation makes them feel better.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I went into the audition as Fericito, the Venezuelan percussionist, and then I did a self-defense expert.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those who come to the Dinner Party are self-selecting; they do want to talk about it.
Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.Children's Ways|James Sully
At present, Louis was too self-absorbed by the struggles within him, to look deep into what was passing around him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
It is then we make him our friend, which sets us above the envy and contempt of wicked men.
But to wave this discourse of Heathens, how many self-contradicting principles are there held among Christians?
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Word Origin for contempt
Other Idioms and Phrases with contempt
see familiarity breeds contempt.