Definition of contempt
From Latin contemptus (“scorn”) < contemnere (“to scorn, despise”) < com- + temnere (“to despise”).
- IPA: /kənˈtɛmpt/, SAMPA: /k@n"tEmpt/
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- Rhymes: -ɛmpt
contempt (plural contempts)
- (uncountable) The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.
- The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
- (law) Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
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