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con·tempt

 (kən-tĕmpt′)
n.
1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.
2. The state of being despised or dishonored: was held in contempt by his former friends.
3. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.

[Middle English, from Latin contemptus, past participle of contemnere, to despise; see contemn.]

contempt

(kənˈtɛmpt)
n
1. the attitude or feeling of a person towards a person or thing that he or she considers worthless or despicable; scorn
2. the state of being scorned; disgrace (esp in the phrase hold in contempt)
3. (Law) wilful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law or legislative body: contempt of court.
[C14: from Latin contemptus a despising, from contemnere to contemn]

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

Contempt

 
  1. As the air to a bird or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible —William Blake
  2. Contempt is a kind of gangrene, which if it seizes one part of a character, it corrupts all the rest by degrees —Samuel Johnson
  3. (His voice had turned idle,) contemptuous, uncaring, like a king throwing a handful of coppers at the feet of children —Borden Deal
  4. Disdain as a gourmet disdains TV dinners —Anon
  5. Disdain as a lover of literature disdains a potboiler —Anon
  6. (He started) handling my exam paper like it was a turd —J. D. Salinger
  7. (A waiter who) looked as if he had been cornstarched in arrogance —Pat Conroy
  8. More haughty than the devil —William Shakespeare
  9. Scorn will curl suddenly round silent corners like bell-less bicycles —W. R. Rodgers
  10. Sneered, like a waiter in a French restaurant who has just taken an order for a Chardonnay that he disdains —Ira Berkow, New York Times, September 29, 1986, about Jim Rice, a baseball hitter
  11. They treat me like a snakebit cowpoke just in from the range —Thomas Zigal
  12. Watch … distastefully, as though she were a cigar being smoked in the presence of a lady without permission —Penelope Gilliatt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contempt - lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislikecontempt - lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
dislike - a feeling of aversion or antipathy; "my dislike of him was instinctive"
2.contempt - a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
3.contempt - open disrespect for a person or thing
discourtesy, disrespect - an expression of lack of respect
fleer - contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
leer, sneer - a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
sneer - a contemptuous or scornful remark
4.contempt - a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
disobedience, noncompliance - the failure to obey
contempt of Congress - deliberate obstruction of the operation of the federal legislative branch
contempt of court - disrespect for the rules of a court of law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

contempt

noun scorn, disdain, mockery, derision, disrespect, disregard, contumely I will treat that remark with the contempt it deserves.
liking, regard, respect, honour, esteem, admiration

contempt

noun
1. The feeling of despising:
2. The disposition boldly to defy or resist authority or an opposing force:
Translations
إحْتِقار، إزدِراءإسْتِهانَه، إسْنِخْفاف بِالقانوناِحْتِقَار
nedbání zákonaopovrženípohrdání
foragt
halveksunta
prijezir
megvetéssemmibevevés
fyrirlitningóvirîing
軽蔑
모욕
nepaisymaspaniekapaniekinamaipaniekinamassmerktinas
necienīga izturēšanāsnicinājumsnicināšana
opovrhnutie
prezir
förakt
การหมิ่นประมาท
hor görmeitaatsizlikküçümsemesaygısızlık
sự khinh miệt

contempt

[kənˈtempt] Ndesprecio m, desdén m
to hold sth/sb in contemptdespreciar algo/a algn
it's beneath contemptes más que despreciable
to bring into contemptdesprestigiar, envilecer
to hold in contemptdespreciar (Jur) → declarar en rebeldía
contempt of court (Jur) → desacato m (a los tribunales)

contempt

[kənˈtɛmpt] nmépris m, dédain m
to have contempt for sb/sth → mépriser qn/qch, avoir du mépris pour qn/qch
to hold sb/sth in contempt (= despise) → mépriser qn/qch, avoir du mépris pour qn/qch
to be beneath contempt → être au-dessous de tout

contempt

n
Verachtung f; (= disregard also)Geringachtung f, → Geringschätzung f(for von); to hold in contemptverachten; to bring into contemptin Verruf bringen; in contempt of public opiniondie öffentliche Meinung außer Acht lassend, ohne Ansehen der öffentlichen Meinung; beneath contemptunter aller Kritik
(Jur, also contempt of court) → Missachtung f(der Würde) des Gerichts, Ungebühr fvor Gericht; (through non-appearance) → Ungebühr fdurch vorsätzliches Ausbleiben; (by press) → Beeinflussung fder Rechtspflege; to be in contempt (of court)das Gericht or die Würde des Gerichts missachten

contempt

[kənˈtɛmpt] ndisprezzo, disdegno
to hold sth/sb in contempt → disprezzare qc/qn
contempt of court (Law) → oltraggio alla Corte
it's beneath contempt → è oltremodo vergognoso

contempt

(kənˈtempt) noun
1. very low opinion; scorn. She spoke with utter contempt of her husband's behaviour.
2. disregard for the law.
conˈtemptible adjective
deserving contempt. His behaviour was contemptible.
conˈtemptibly adverb
conˈtemptuous (-tʃuəs) adjective
showing contempt. a contemptuous sneer.
conˈtemptuously adverb

contempt

اِحْتِقَار pohrdání foragt Verachtung περιφρόνηση desprecio halveksunta mépris prijezir disprezzo 軽蔑 모욕 minachting forakt pogarda desprezo презрение förakt การหมิ่นประมาท hor görme sự khinh miệt 轻视
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cried Jo, with a funny mixture of interest and contempt.
I want to fill you with hatred and contempt so that you will be a superior being," he declared.
I used to glare at young Lovett from a distance and only wished I had some way of showing my contempt for him.
asked Hepzibah, unable to restrain her bitter contempt.
Instead of it even-- as a woman reads another--she could see what I myself saw: his derision, his amusement, his contempt for the breakdown of my resignation at being left alone and for the fine machinery I had set in motion to attract his attention to my slighted charms.
Of late years, however, since his children were growing up, he had begun to value respectability, and had had himself made a magistrate; a position for which he was admirably fitted, because of his strong conservatism and his contempt for "foreigners.
And with this final expression of contempt for Sally's greenness, Aunt Chloe whipped the cover off the bake-kettle, and disclosed to view a neatly-baked pound-cake, of which no city confectioner need to have been ashamed.
Roxana's bosom was heaving with suppressed passion, and she was glowering down upon him with measureless contempt written in her face.
In some few instances, their incredulity arises from a want of reflection; but, generally, it indicates a hatred of the light, a desire to shield slavery from the assaults of its foes, a contempt of the colored race, whether bond or free.
The contempt which she had, very early in their acquaintance, felt for her daughter-in-law, was very much increased by the farther knowledge of her character, which half a year's residence in her family afforded; and perhaps in spite of every consideration of politeness or maternal affection on the side of the former, the two ladies might have found it impossible to have lived together so long, had not a particular circumstance occurred to give still greater eligibility, according to the opinions of Mrs.
They were not bound to regard with affection a thing that could not sympathise with one amongst them; a heterogeneous thing, opposed to them in temperament, in capacity, in propensities; a useless thing, incapable of serving their interest, or adding to their pleasure; a noxious thing, cherishing the germs of indignation at their treatment, of contempt of their judgment.
I rather think his appearance there was distasteful to Catherine; she was not artful, never played the coquette, and had evidently an objection to her two friends meeting at all; for when Heathcliff expressed contempt of Linton in his presence, she could not half coincide, as she did in his absence; and when Linton evinced disgust and antipathy to Heathcliff, she dared not treat his sentiments with indifference, as if depreciation of her playmate were of scarcely any consequence to her.