What does contempt mean?

Definitions for contemptkənˈtɛmpt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contempt.

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

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contempt

    kon-tempt′, n. scorn: disgrace: (law) disregard of the rules or an offence against the dignity of a court (with of, for).—ns. Contemptibil′ity, Contempt′ibleness.—adj. Contempt′ible, despicable.—adv. Contempt′ibly.—adj. Contempt′uous, haughty, scornful.—adv. Contempt′uously.—n. Contempt′uousness. [See Contemn.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contempt in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contempt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aesop:

    Familiarity breed contempt.

  2. Mark Twain:

    Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.

  3. Kahlil Gibran:

    What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt

  4. Anthony Bourdain:

    I will never eat in Alessandro Borgognone restaurant. I have utter contempt for Alessandro Borgognone, utter and complete contempt.

  5. Ryan Kiesel:

    Frankly, I would be astonished if we get to a point where the governor outright defies an order of our state’s highest court, that said, if she does, there is a word for it. It is called contempt.

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Translations for contempt

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • احتقار, ازدراءArabic
  • презрение, неуважение, пренебрежениеBulgarian
  • opovržení, přezírání, pohrdání, despekt, poníženíCzech
  • Mißachtung, Beamtenbeleidigung, Schande, Verachtung, BlamageGerman
  • deshonra, vergüenza, desdén, desacato, desprecio, desgraciaSpanish
  • kunniattomuus, ylenkatse, halveksintaFinnish
  • outrage, méprisFrench
  • בוזHebrew
  • fyrirlitning, óvirðingIcelandic
  • disprezzoItalian
  • 軽蔑, 侮辱, 侮蔑Japanese
  • പുച്‌ഛംMalayalam
  • minachting, verachtingDutch
  • foraktNorwegian
  • lekceważenie, pogarda, obrazaPolish
  • desdém, desprezo, desacato, contemptoPortuguese
  • презрение, неуважение, позор, пренебрежение, бесчестиеRussian
  • nadutost, prezir, prezrivost, nadmenostSerbo-Croatian
  • avsmak, förakt, missaktning, misshag, missnöjeSwedish
  • அவமதிப்புTamil
  • küçümsemekTurkish
  • nestümVolapük
  • 鄙視Chinese

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