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English noun: contempt

1. contempt (feeling) lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

SamplesHe was held in contempt.
The despite in which outsiders were held is legendary.

Synonymsdespite, disdain, scorn

Broader (hypernym)dislike

2. contempt (attribute) a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous


Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, rudeness

3. contempt (communication) open disrespect for a person or thing


Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, disrespect

Narrower (hyponym)fleer, leer, sneer, sneer

4. contempt (act) a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body

Broader (hypernym)disobedience, noncompliance

Narrower (hyponym)contempt of Congress, contempt of court

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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