Contempt

Con*tempt"

(kn*tmt"; 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.
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Criminal contempt of public feeling.
Macaulay.
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Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great.
Addison.
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2. The state of being despised; disgrace; shame.
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Contempt and begarry hangs upon thy back.
Shak.
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3. An act or expression denoting contempt.
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Little insults and contempts.
Spectator.
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The contempt and anger of his lip.
Shak.
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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.
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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.
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