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Definition of Contempt


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

Contempt Quotations

Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.
Cesar Chavez

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
W. E. B. Du Bois

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Albert Einstein

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
Louis D. Brandeis

Terrorism is contempt for human dignity.
Kjell Magne Bondevik
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Contempt Translations

contempt in Danish is foragt
contempt in Dutch is verachting, minachting, schamperheid
contempt in German is Verachtung
contempt in Italian is vilipendi
contempt in Latin is contemptio, aspernatio
contempt in Norwegian is forakt
contempt in Spanish is menosprecio, desprecio
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