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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contempt  \Con*tempt"\  (?;  215),  n.  [L.  contemptus  fr 
  contemnere:  cf  OF  contempt.  See  {Contemn}.] 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contempt 
  n  1:  lack  of  respect  accompanied  by  a  feeling  of  intense  dislike 
  [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 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CONTEMPT,  n.  The  feeling  of  a  prudent  man  for  an  enemy  who  is  too 
  formidable  safely  to  be  opposed. 
 
 




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