contempt (noun) LISTEN
Contempt means ‘scorn, disregard, a lack of respect.’
- When I tried to explain why she was wrong, she gave me a look of pure contempt.
- The saleman's colleagues held him in contempt because he tried to steal their clients.
- The shopkeeper treated the teenagers with complete contempt.
Contempt is also deliberate disobedience or open disrespect of the rules of a court or a legislative body.
- The judge held the attorney in contempt of court when she repeatedly arrived late for the trial.
- The chairman of the Senate committee held the witness in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer his questions.
Don't confuse it with
content: satisfied. Example: “Jane was content to read a book by the fire while her husband skied.”
In pop culture
Here is a news story about a judge who holds himself in contempt of court when his cellphone rings.
There are other meanings of contempt.