1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.
2. The state of being despised or dishonored: was held in contempt by his former friends.
3. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
[Middle English, from Latin contemptus, past participle of contemnere, to despise; see CONTEMN.]
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