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contempt

Legal Definition of contempt

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Definition of contempt

Etymology

    From Latin contemptus (“scorn”) < contemnere (“to scorn, despise”) < com- + temnere (“to despise”).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /kənˈtɛmpt/, SAMPA: /k@n"tEmpt/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -ɛmpt

Noun

contempt (plural contempts)

  1. (uncountable) The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.
  2. The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
  3. (law) Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.

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