Definitions of contempt

  1. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; " he was held in contempt"; " the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
  2. a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
  3. a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
  4. open disrespect for a person or thing
  5. The act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
  6. The state of being despised; disgrace; shame.
  7. An act or expression denoting contempt.
  8. 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.
  9. See contempt of court.
  10. Disdain; scorn; disobedience to the orders, etc., of a court; disgrace; shame.
  11. Scorn: disgrace: ( law) disobedience of the rules of a court.
  12. Act of contemning; state of being contemned; scorn; disgrace.
  13. The act of despising; disdain; scorn; disregard; disgrace; shame.
  14. The act of contemning or treating as mean, vile, and worthless; disdain; scorn; the state of being contemned; disgrace; disobedience of the rules and orders of a court. See Contemn.
  15. The act of despising; the act of viewing or treating as utterly mean, vile, and worthless; disobedience or disrespect to a court, or to a constituted authority; disgrace; shame.

Usage examples for contempt

  1. It remains to see what his Majesty will say when I report your contempt of his orders." – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. A quiet glance of contempt was her only answer. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  3. But I saw well that she did not believe me, and she seemed all at once to throw a dash of contempt into her words, a slightly careless tone that I had never heard from her before. – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  4. Lefty's face being in the shadow, the other man did not see the expression of contempt that passed over it. – Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager by Burt L. Standish
  5. And us with contempt! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  6. The creed of Western civilization, for which they feel nothing but contempt, and on which they will be broken, is not a simple thing, like theirs. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh
  7. He gave me a startled look then, in which there was something of contempt, and went away without another word. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  8. Then, to show her contempt for such words, she slipped off a ring from her finger and threw it into the waters of the harbor. – Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks by William Elliot Griffis
  9. Kentish threw up his head in sharp contempt. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  10. Even Silent smiled with careless contempt. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  11. Her face wore the suppressed smile of parents before a Christmas tree, only that there was a certain defiant contempt in it as well. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  12. 7. First consider, that in bearing the contempt of the world, thou bearest no less than the very image of Christ, and followest him who is thy Head and Master. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  13. " He is below contempt. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  14. " I was treated with contempt and insult! – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  15. We ought to temper our contempt for what it is with respect for what it was. – Concerning Animals and Other Matters by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  16. She was not afraid of him, but very decidedly she did not feel the contempt for him which she endeavoured to show. – Burning Sands by Arthur Weigall
  17. How long we had sat thus I cannot tell, but the twilight was deepening in the room when we were suddenly interrupted by my father, who entered abruptly, came towards us with hasty steps, but stopping short when within a yard or two, confronted his step- son with such a look of angry contempt as I had never before seen upon his face. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  18. A sharp, sudden smile of contempt flashed over the stranger's face. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  19. Wingfold found himself filled with contempt, but the next moment was not sure whether this Bascombe or one Wingfold were the more legitimate object of it. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  20. " What have I done in driving him away with contempt in his heart for me? – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe