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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·tempt /kənˈtɛm(p)t/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tempt 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.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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
         [syn: disrespect]
      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