What does contempt mean?

Definitions for contempt
kənˈtɛmptcon·tempt

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

How to pronounce contempt?

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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

Examples of contempt in a Sentence

  1. Senate Republicans:

    The State of the Union is hurting because of the occupant of the White House, who consistently demonstrates contempt for the American people, contempt for Congress, and contempt for our constitution - strong-arming a sham impeachment trial in The Senate. This presidency is not legitimate.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

  3. Anthony Bourdain:

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

  4. Author Unknown:

    A patient going to a doctor for his first visit was asked, "And whom did you consult before coming to me?""Only the village druggist," was the answer."And what sort of foolish advice did that numbskull give you?" asked the doctor, his tone and manner denoting his contempt for the advice of the layman."Oh," replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, "he told me to come and see you."

  5. John Milton:

    O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Blind among enemies, O worse than chains, dungeon or beggary, or decrepit age! Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct, and all her various objects of delight annulled, which might in part my grief have eased. Inferior to the vilest now become of man or worm; the vilest here excel me, they creep, yet see; I, dark in light, exposed to daily fraud, contempt, abuse and wrong, within doors, or without, still as a fool, in power of others, never in my own; scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half.

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Translations for contempt

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  • احتقار, ازدراءArabic
  • презрение, неуважение, пренебрежениеBulgarian
  • opovržení, přezírání, pohrdání, despekt, poníženíCzech
  • Mißachtung, Beamtenbeleidigung, Schande, Verachtung, BlamageGerman
  • deshonra, vergüenza, desdén, desacato, desprecio, desgraciaSpanish
  • تحقیرPersian
  • kunniattomuus, ylenkatse, halveksintaFinnish
  • outrage, méprisFrench
  • בוזHebrew
  • निंदाHindi
  • fyrirlitning, óvirðingIcelandic
  • disprezzoItalian
  • בוזHebrew
  • 軽蔑, 侮辱, 侮蔑Japanese
  • ತಿರಸ್ಕಾರKannada
  • 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
  • ดูถูกThai
  • küçümsemekTurkish
  • nestümVolapük
  • 鄙視Chinese

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