Definitions for contemptkənˈtɛmpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tempt*kənˈtɛmpt(n.)

  1. a feeling of disdain for anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; scorn.

  2. the state of being despised; disgrace.

  3. willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court or legislative body:

    contempt of court.

    Category: Law

* Syn: contempt , disdain , scorn imply strong feelings of disapproval and aversion toward what seems base, mean, or worthless. contempt is disapproval tinged with disgust: to feel contempt for a weakling. disdain is a feeling that a person or thing is beneath one's dignity and unworthy of one's notice, respect, or concern: a disdain for crooked dealing. scorn denotes undisguised contempt often combined with derision: He showed scorn for those less ambitious than himself.

Origin of contempt:

1350–1400; < L contemptus a slighting <contemn(ere) to despise, scorn (see contemn ) +-tus suffix of v. action

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contempt, disdain, scorn, despite(noun)

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

  2. contempt, disrespect(noun)

    a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous

  3. contempt, scorn(noun)

    open disrespect for a person or thing

  4. contempt(noun)

    a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contempt(noun)ənˈtɛmpt

    a dislike combined with disrespect

    a feeling of strong contempt for his father

Wiktionary

  1. contempt(Noun)

    The state of contemning; the feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.

  2. contempt(Noun)

    The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.

  3. contempt(Noun)

    Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contempt(noun)

    the act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn

  2. Contempt(noun)

    the state of being despised; disgrace; shame

  3. Contempt(noun)

    an act or expression denoting contempt

  4. Contempt(noun)

    disobedience of the rules, orders, or process of a court of justice, or of rules or orders of a legislative body; disorderly, contemptuous, or insolent language or behavior in presence of a court, tending to disturb its proceedings, or impair the respect due to its authority

Freebase

  1. Contempt

    Contempt is a 1963 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo [A Ghost at Noon]. 1954. OCLC 360548. by Alberto Moravia. It stars Brigitte Bardot.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contempt' in Nouns Frequency: #2573


Translations for contempt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

contempt(noun)

very low opinion; scorn

She spoke with utter contempt of her husband's behaviour.

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