Definition of contempt
- acting with contempt for public safety
- contempt of court
He feels that wealthy people view him with contempt because he is poor.
He spoke with contempt in his voice.
She has displayed a profound contempt for her opponents.
She was arrested for contempt of court.
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: a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval
: a lack of respect for or fear of something that is usually respected or feared
law : speech or behavior that does not show proper respect to a court or judge
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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