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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

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

Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
Mark Twain

I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
Winston Churchill

Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
William Shakespeare

What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
Khalil Gibran
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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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