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Definition of Contempt

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

I am perfectly conscious that this contempt and hatred underlies the general tone of the community towards us, and yet when I even remotely hint at the fact that we are not a favorite people I am accused of stirring up strife and setting barriers between the two sects.
Emma Lazarus

Nicaragua dealt with the problem of terrorism in exactly the right way. It followed international law and treaty obligations. It collected evidence, brought the evidence to the highest existing tribunal, the International Court of Justice, and received a verdict - which, of course, the U.S. dismissed with contempt.
Noam Chomsky

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

I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons.
Toni Morrison
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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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