contempt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n contempt a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
    • n contempt a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
    • n contempt open disrespect for a person or thing
    • n contempt lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike "he was held in contempt","the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1968, Abbie Hoffman played with a yo-yo while testifying before a congressional committee. He was found in contempt
    • Contempt An act or expression denoting contempt. "Little insults and contempts .""The contempt and anger of his lip."
    • Contempt (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.
    • Contempt 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.""Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great."
    • Contempt The state of being despised; disgrace; shame. "Contempt and begarry hangs upon thy back."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contempt The act of despising; the feeling caused by what is considered to be mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn for what is mean.
    • n contempt The state of being despised; shame; disgrace.
    • n contempt In law, disobedience to, or open disrespect of, the rules, orders, or process of a court or of a legislative assembly, or a disturbance or interruption of its proceedings: called in full, when used in relation to judicial authority, contempt of court. Contempts committed out of court are punishable by order to show cause or attachment, on the return of which the offender may be fined or imprisoned; and contempts done before the court or judge, termed contempts in immediate view and presence, may be punished or repressed in a summary way, by immediate commitment to prison or by fine. The power of enforcing their process, and of vindicating their authority against open obstruction or defiance, is incident to all superior courts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Contempt kon-tempt′ scorn: disgrace:
    • n Contempt kon-tempt′ (law) disregard of the rules or an offence against the dignity of a court (with of, for)
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.”
  • Lester Bangs
    Lester Bangs
    “The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.”
  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “Renown? I've already got more of it than those I respect, and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt..”
  • Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    “Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Some evils are cured by contempt.”

Idioms

Familiarity breeds contempt - This means that the more you know something or someone, the more you start to find faults and dislike things about it or them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contemptus, fr. contemnere,: cf. OF. contempt,. See Contemn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Contemn.

Usage

In literature:

What utterances could evince more contempt than these in the face of open sins?
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The servility of the courtiers excited her contempt.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
He saw how the foreigner treated the women with courteous contempt, as if they were pleasing animals.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The tone of contempt was unmistakable.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The Eton boys of that day regarded an 'up-town boy' with settled contempt.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
He is treated with good-humoured contempt and kindly patronage.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Probably it was my own feeling of inward self-contempt which made me believe I saw that expression there.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
He had all the contempt common in his class for those of his fellow-countrymen who professed to be Nationalists.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Rathburn's lips were curled in a smile of contempt.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
His contempt for the men of Suffering Creek was profound and unaffected.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Which contempt I pay so farre,
Never like was paid so much:
Jealousies doo make me warre,
But without a cause of such.
"The Nimph Dianaes Song" by Bartholomew Young
One word he spake, one icy word -
No man among them stood exempt -
It froze each listener who heard
With hyperborean contempt.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
Let us crown with deathless fame
Those who scorn'd and hated fell;
Martyrs met contempt and shame,
Fearing nought but sin and hell.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
If to the master's plea he gave
The vast contempt his manhood felt,
He saw a brother in the slave,--
With man as equal man he dealt.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I ne’er will weep again!
I will meet fate with an unblenching eye;
For better far in proud contempt to die,
Than idly talk of pain.
"Box" by S C Edgarton
And not to join the illiberal crew
In their contempt of female merit;
What's bad enough in them, from you
Is want of goodness, want of spirit.
"The Duty Of A Brother" by Charles Lamb

In news:

The move comes as Congress was preparing to vote on whether to hold the attorney general in contempt.
Gen Eric Holder has been held in contempt of Congress because of matters related to the investigation of the Fast and Furious program.
There is no such thing as Debtors' Prison in the US, but there is such a thing as Contempt of Court, which can result in a Writ of Attachment and Arrest.
Appearances matter, but politicians keep showing contempt.
Economist magazine faces contempt in Bangladesh .
Court denies appeal of contempt complaint against Nevada Barr .
The Mississippi Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that dismissed a contempt complaint filed against best-selling writer Nevada Barr by her ex-husband.
There it lies, whether at eye level, or thousands of feet below, a mystifying medley of temptation, tempest and contempt.
Amos Pierre, contempt of court, other charges, $1,620 bond.
Abdel Kayal, contempt of court, $11,000 bond.
Expressing contempt for reality TV shows is our No.
Familiarity breeding contempt for Stamps.
A House committee says it will consider a contempt measure against Holder.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in overdue child support to his ex-wife.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, her attorney said Thursday.
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In science:

The contempt with which Weinberg treats the notion of hermeneutics therefore seems quite natural.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
This confusion arose from deep misunderstandings of the theoretical structure of Special Relativity, but also because ongoing detections of the anisotropy of the speed of light were treated with contempt, rather than being rationally discussed.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
WASHINGTON (1) A federal judge Monday found President Clinton in civil contempt of court for lying in a deposition about the nature of his sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica S.
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A federal judge Monday found President Clinton in civil contempt of court for lying in a deposition about the nature of his sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica S.
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A federal judge Monday found President Clinton in civil contempt of court for lying in a deposition about the nature of his sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica S.
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