Definitions of contempt

  1. a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. An act or expression denoting contempt. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. See contempt of court.
  7. 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.
  8. Scorn: disgrace: (law) disobedience of the rules of a court. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Act of contemning; state of being contemned; scorn; disgrace. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of despising; disdain; scorn; disregard; disgrace; shame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Usage examples for contempt

  1. And us with contempt – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. A quiet glance of contempt was her only answer. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola