contempt

  • 1contempt — con·tempt /kən tempt/ n 1: willful disobedience or open disrespect of the orders, authority, or dignity of a court or judge acting in a judicial capacity by disruptive language or conduct or by failure to obey the court s orders; also: the… …

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  • 2Contempt — Con*tempt (k[o^]n*t[e^]mt ; 215), n. [L. contemptus, fr. contemnere: cf. OF. contempt. See {Contemn}.] 1. The act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3contempt — ► NOUN 1) the feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration. 2) (also contempt of court) the offence of being disobedient to or disrespectful of a court of law. ● beneath contempt Cf. ↑beneath contempt ● hold in contempt… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4contempt — late 14c., from L. contemptus scorn, from pp. of contemnere to scorn, despise, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + *temnere to slight, scorn, of uncertain origin. Phrase contempt of court is attested from 19c., though the idea is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5contempt — [n1] disdain, disrespect antipathy, audacity, aversion, condescension, contumely, defiance, derision, despisal, despisement, despite, disesteem, disregard, distaste, hatred, indignity, malice, mockery, neglect, recalcitrance, repugnance, ridicule …

    New thesaurus

  • 6contempt — [kən tempt′] n. [OFr < L contemptus, scorn, pp. of contemnere: see CONTEMN] 1. the feeling or attitude of one who looks down on somebody or something as being low, mean, or unworthy; scorn 2. the condition of being despised or scorned 3. the… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7contempt — despite, disdain, scorn (see under DESPISE vb) Analogous words: abhorrence, detestation, loathing, hatred, hate (see under HATE vb): aversion, *antipathy: repugnance, distaste (see corresponding adjectives at REPUGNANT) Antonyms: respect… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8contempt — et mespris de justice, Iurisdictionis contemptus et legum ludibrium, B …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 9Contempt — Disdain redirects here. For other uses, see Disdain (disambiguation). For the legal term, see Contempt of court. For other uses of Contempt, see Contempt (disambiguation). Contempt is an intensely negative emotion regarding a person or group of… …

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  • 10contempt — /keuhn tempt /, n. 1. the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn. 2. the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace. 3. Law. a. willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or …

    Universalium

  • 11contempt — noun 1 lack of respect ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, deep, great, open, outright, pure, utter, withering ▪ cold …

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  • 12contempt — con|tempt [kənˈtempt] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: contemptus, from contemnere to think of with contempt , from com ( COM ) + temnere to despise ] 1.) a feeling that someone or something is not important and deserves no respect… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13contempt — n. scorn 1) to demonstrate, display, show contempt for 2) bitter, deep, profound, total, unmitigated, utter contempt 3) contempt for 4) beneath contempt disrespect (legal) 5) to hold in contempt (to hold smb. in contempt of court) ( to accuse smb …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14contempt — con|tempt [ kən tempt ] noun uncount * 1. ) a feeling that someone or something is unimportant and deserves no respect: contempt for: I have nothing but contempt for their ridiculous opinions. with contempt: She regarded the tabloid press with… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15Contempt — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Contempt >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 contempt contempt disdain scorn sovereign contempt Sgm: N 1 despisal despisal despiciency Sgm: N 1 despisement despisement Sgm: N 1 vilipendency| vilipendency| …

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  • 16contempt — noun (U) 1 a feeling that someone or something is not important and deserves no respect (+ for): His contempt for his fellow students was quite obvious. | with contempt: He had been treated with nothing but contempt ever since he arrived. | hold… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17contempt */ — UK [kənˈtempt] / US noun [uncountable] 1) a feeling that someone or something is unimportant and deserves no respect I shall treat that remark with the contempt it deserves. contempt for: I have nothing but contempt for their ridiculous opinions …

    English dictionary

  • 18contempt — [[t]kənte̱mpt[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N for n If you have contempt for someone or something, you have no respect for them or think that they are unimportant. He has contempt for those beyond his immediate family circle... I hope voters will treat… …

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  • 19contempt — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Feeling of disdain Nouns 1. contempt, contemptuousness, disdain, scorn, despisal, contumely; detraction, disapprobation; derision, disrespect; defiance; arrogance (see insolence); ridicule, mockery; hoot …

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  • 20contempt — noun 1》 the feeling that someone or something is worthless or beneath consideration. 2》 (also contempt of court) the offence of being disobedient to or disrespectful of a court of law. Phrases beneath contempt utterly worthless or despicable.… …

    English new terms dictionary