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Contempt meaning

contempt - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. The act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
  2. 2. The state of being despised; disgrace; shame.
  3. 3. An act or expression denoting contempt.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. See contempt of court.
  6. 6. Act of contemning; state of being contemned; scorn; disgrace.

contempt - examples of usage

  1. Such a course could only bring him into the contempt of his fellow- men. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. It was one of contempt." - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
  3. His contempt did not reach Miss Vance. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
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