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Definition of the noun contempt

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noun - plural: contempts

  1. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    • example: he was held in contempt
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of contempt: despite / disdain / scorn
    • more generic word: dislike = a feeling of aversion or antipathy
  2. a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
  3. open disrespect for a person or thing
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of contempt: scorn
    • more generic words: discourtesy / disrespect = an expression of lack of respect
    • more specific words:
      • fleer = contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
      • sneer / leer = a facial expression of contempt or scorn
      • sneer = a contemptuous or scornful remark
  4. a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body


"Contempt" is a 1963 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo [A Ghost at Noon]. 1954. OCLC 360548. by Alberto Moravia. It stars Brigitte Bardot.


"Contempt" is a book by David Dellinger.

  • also known as "Contempt; transcript of the contempt citations, sentences, and responses of the Chicago conspiracy 10"


  1. "Contempt" is the first album by Assemblage 23. In 1998, the Canadian label Gashed Records signed Assemblage 23 and released Contempt in 1999. Shortly afterwards it was re-released by Metropolis Records International.
  2. "Contempt" is a musical EP of Zarathustra.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Contempt" is a musical album of Esequiem.
  4. "Contempt" a.k.a. "Contempt!" is a musical album of Slim Twig.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  5. "Contempt" is a composition.
  6. "Contempt" is a composition.
  7. "Contempt" is a composition.
  8. "Contempt" is a musical single of Entombed.
    • released in (22 years ago)


  1. Contempt is a musical group.
    • albums: "Blasphemy", "When Angels Begin To Cry", "The Secret Around Us"
  2. Contempt is a musical group.
  3. Contempt is a musical group.


Contempt is a complex emotion and is a mix of the basic emotions disgust and anger. The word originated in 1393, from the Latin word contemptus meaning "scorn". It is the past participle of contemnere and from com- intensive prefix + temnere "to slight, scorn". The origin is uncertain. Contemptuous appeared in 1529.

Phrases with Contempt

Phrases starting with the word Contempt:

  1. contempt of court
  2. contempt of congress
  3. Contempt of Parliament

Phrases ending with the word Contempt:

  1. self-contempt
  2. civil contempt
  3. criminal contempt
  4. Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Contempt

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Google previewEmotionally Intelligent Batterer Intervention (2017)

Acceptance-Based, Cognitive Behavioral Domestic Violence Group Treatment Manual by Wendy W. Coates

Please share an example of defensiveness in your relationship history: Horseman #3: Contempt Horseman #3: ContemptContempt is any statement or nonverbal behavior that puts oneself on a higher plane than one's partner” ( Gottman, ...

Google previewA General Theory of Emotions and Social Life (2006)

by Warren D. TenHouten

Contempt is an emotional reaction of moral indignation over the despicable behavior of others toward others, behavior that deserves condemnation. Contempt is a negative evaluation of others as occupying a lowly, inferior position. It is a cold ...

Google previewGeorg Büchner (2017)

Contemporary Perspectives

because contempt is a miserable emotion: 'Sie können, wie man so sagt, tugendhaft bleiben und sich gegen das sogenannte Laster wehren, ohne deßwegen ihre Gegner verachten zu müssen, was ein gar trauriges Gefühl ist'; (III. 1, mba 3.2, ...

Google previewExalting Jesus in Song of Songs (2015)

by Dr. Daniel L. Akin

Contempt: Contempt is any statement or nonverbal behavior that puts you on a higher ground than your spouse. Mocking your spouse, calling...

Of all the horsemen, contempt is the most dangerous and serious. Couples have to realize that ...

Google previewRe-constructing Emotional Spaces (2011)

From Experience to Regulation by Radek Trnka, Karel Balcar, Martin Kuška

Contempt is the feeling when one judges another person as an inferior human being, and is typically expressed...

Google previewThe Central Law Journal (1903)

Contempt is a mere crime, and its punishment dependent entirely upon ...

Google previewVladimir Solov'ëv (2000)

Reconciler and Polemicist ; Selected Papers of the International Vladimir Solov'ëv Conference Held at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in September 1998 by William Peter van den Bercken, Manon de Courten

Contempt is a dead-end attitude; we turn away from the things we despise, and pretend that they have nothing in common with us; it precludes our further bond with these persons and things; it tears asunder the single world in which we exist ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

The third horseman, contempt, enters when one partner feels negatively toward the other, and because of that, projects repulsion and condescension toward that romantic partner verbally or nonverbally. Contempt can occur in private, but is ...

Google previewThe New Dictionary of Thoughts (2015)

by Tryon Edwards

There is not in human nature a more odious disposition than a proneness to contempt, which is a mixture of pride and illnature.—Nor is there any which more certainly denotes a bad disposition; for in a good and benign temper, there can be ...

Google previewThe U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes] (2011)

An Encyclopedia by Steven Harmon Wilson Ph.D.


SUMMARY CRIMINAL CONTEMPT AUTHORITY—A magistrate judge shall have the power to punish summarily by fine or ...

Google previewWebster's New World Law Dictionary (2010)

by Jonathan Wallace, Susan Ellis Wild

constructive contempt. See contempt. constructive delivery. See delivery. constructive eviction. See eviction. constructive fraud. See fraud. constructive notice. See notice. constructive service. See service. constructive trust.

Google previewPhilippine Law Dictionary

CONTEMPT OF COURT economical method of handling and transporting cargo wherein a means is provided for transporting cargo from one form of transportation, such as a ship or truck, without the necessity of loading and unloading the ...

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Quotes about Contempt

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. (Bertrand Russell)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1E1M3P3T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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