Contempt

Definition of Contempt

Con`tempt´   Pronunciation: kǒn`tĕmt´; 215
n.1.The act of contemning or despising; the feeling with which one regards that which is esteemed mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
Criminal contempt of public feeling.
- Macaulay.
Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great.
- Addison.
2.The state of being despised; disgrace; shame.
Contempt and begarry hangs upon thy back.
- Shak.
3.An act or expression denoting contempt.
Little insults and contempts.
- Spectator.
The contempt and anger of his lip.
- Shak.
4.(Law) 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.

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