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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. open disrespect for a person or thing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The state of being despised; disgrace; shame. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. An act or expression denoting contempt. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. See contempt of court.
  10. Disdain; scorn; disobedience to the orders, etc., of a court; disgrace; shame. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Scorn: disgrace: (law) disobedience of the rules of a court. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Act of contemning; state of being contemned; scorn; disgrace. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The act of despising; disdain; scorn; disregard; disgrace; shame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. kon-tempt', n. scorn: disgrace: (law) disregard of the rules or an offence against the dignity of a court (with of, for).--ns. CONTEMPTIBIL'ITY, CONTEMPT'IBLENESS.--adj. CONTEMPT'IBLE, despicable.--adv. CONTEMPT'IBLY.--adj. CONTEMPT'UOUS, haughty, scornful.--adv. CONTEMPT'UOUSLY.--n. CONTEMPT'UOUSNESS. [See CONTEMN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Act, mental attitude, of despising; condition of being despised; have, hold, in c., bring, fall, into c.; (Law) disobedience to sovereign\'s lawful commands or to authority of Houses of Parliament or other legislative body, esp. c. of court, disobedience to, interference with administration of justice by, courts of law. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Latin] Act of contemning or despising; disdain; acorn; —the state of being despised; shame; disgrace; —disobedience of the rules and orders of a court. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. The act of despising others, scorn ; the state of being despised, vileness. Complete Dictionary