Definitions for contemptkənˈtɛmpt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word contempt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a feeling of disdain for anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; scorn.
the state of being despised; disgrace.
willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court or legislative body:
contempt of court.
* 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
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"
a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
open disrespect for a person or thing
a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a dislike combined with disrespect
a feeling of strong contempt for his father
The state of contemning; the feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.
The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
the act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn
the state of being despised; disgrace; shame
an act or expression denoting contempt
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'contempt' in Nouns Frequency: #2573
Translations for contempt
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
very low opinion; scorn
She spoke with utter contempt of her husband's behaviour.
- minagting, veragting; versmadingAfrikaans
- إحْتِقار، إزدِراءArabic
- desprezoPortuguese (BR)
- die VerachtungGerman
- desprecio, desdénSpanish
- تحقیر؛ خوار سازیFarsi
- rendah, remehIndonesian
- nicināšana; nicinājumsLatvian
- forakt, hånNorwegian
- تحقیر؛ خوار سازیPersian
- كركه، اهانت، په سپكه سترګه كتنه، نفرتPashto
- küçümseme, hor görmeTurkish
- 輕蔑Chinese (Trad.)
- презирство, зневагаUkrainian
- حقارت، توهينUrdu
- sự khinh miệtVietnamese
- 轻蔑Chinese (Simp.)
Get even more translations for contempt »
Find a translation for the contempt definition in other languages:
Select another language: