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.
Note: ☞ Contempt is in some jurisdictions extended so as to include publications reflecting injuriously on a court of justice, or commenting unfairly on pending proceedings; in other jurisdictions the courts are prohibited by statute or by the constitution from thus exercising this process.
Syn: -- Disdain; scorn; derision; mockery; contumely; neglect; disregard; slight.
n 1: lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike;
"he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which
outsiders were held is legendary" [syn: disdain, scorn,
2: a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
3: open disrespect for a person or thing [syn: scorn]
4: a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of
a court or legislative body