con|tempt


con|tempt
con|tempt «kuhn TEHMPT», noun.
1. the feeling that a person or act is mean and low; despising; scorn: »

Most people feel contempt for a cheat.

SYNONYM(S): disdain. See syn. under scorn. (Cf.scorn)
2. the condition of being scorned or despised; disgrace: »

A traitor is held in contempt.

3. disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or decisions of a law court or a lawmaking body. A person can be fined or imprisoned for contempt. See also contempt of court. (Cf.contempt of court)
[< Latin contemptus, -ūs < contemnere; see etym. under contemn (Cf.contemn)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • con·tempt — /kənˈtɛmpt/ noun 1 : a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval [noncount] He feels that wealthy people view/regard him with contempt because he is poor. He spoke with contempt in his voice. She has contempt for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|tempt´i|bly — con|tempt|i|ble «kuhn TEHMP tuh buhl», adjective. 1. deserving contempt or scorn; held in contempt; mean; low: »a contemptible lie. Cowards and cheats are contemptible people. SYNONYM(S): worthless, despicable. 2. Obsolete. full of contempt;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|tempt´i|ble|ness — con|tempt|i|ble «kuhn TEHMP tuh buhl», adjective. 1. deserving contempt or scorn; held in contempt; mean; low: »a contemptible lie. Cowards and cheats are contemptible people. SYNONYM(S): worthless, despicable. 2. Obsolete. full of contempt;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|tempt|i|ble — «kuhn TEHMP tuh buhl», adjective. 1. deserving contempt or scorn; held in contempt; mean; low: »a contemptible lie. Cowards and cheats are contemptible people. SYNONYM(S): worthless, despicable. 2. Obsolete. full of contempt; scornful.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|tempt|i|bil|i|ty — «kuhn TEHMP tuh BIHL uh tee», noun. 1. the quality or state of being contemptible; contemptibleness. 2. Obsolete. contemptuousness …   Useful english dictionary

  • con·tempt·ible — …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-con|tempt — «SEHLF kuhn TEHMPT», noun. contempt for oneself: »Perish in thy self contempt! (Tennyson) …   Useful english dictionary

  • con — con·acre; con·cat·e·nate; con·cave; con·ceal·er; con·ceit; con·cen·trate; con·cen·tra·tor; con·cen·tric; con·cep·tual; con·cern; con·cern·ing; con·cert; con·cer·tante; con·cer·ti·na; con·ces·sion·ary; con·cha; con·cin·nate; con·com·i·tant;… …   English syllables

  • tempt — at·tempt·a·ble; con·tempt·ibil·i·ty; con·tempt·ible; con·tempt·ible·ness; con·tempt·ibly; tempt; tempt·able; tempt·ress; at·tempt; con·tempt; tempt·ing·ly; tempt·ing·ness; un·tempt·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • tempt fate — ● tempt * * * tempt fate/providence/ phrase to say or to do something that may cause problems, or to cause your good luck to end Don’t tempt fate by saying we can win. Thesaurus: to cause problems for yourself …   Useful english dictionary


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