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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcontemptcon‧tempt /kənˈtempt/ ●○○ noun [uncountable]  1 HATEa feeling that someone or something is not important and deserves no respectcontempt for The contempt he felt for his fellow students was obvious.utter/deep contempt The report shows utter contempt for women’s judgement.open/undisguised contempt She looked at him with undisguised contempt. The public is treated with contempt by broadcasters. How could she have loved a man who so clearly held her in contempt?beneath contempt That sort of behaviour is simply beneath contempt (=does not deserve respect or attention).2 SCT law disobedience or disrespect towards a court of law He was jailed for seven days for contempt of court.in contempt of something He was found in contempt of the order.3 BRAVEcomplete lack of fear about somethingcontempt for his contempt for dangerCOLLOCATIONSverbstreat somebody/something with contemptThe opinions of the public should not be ignored or treated with contempt.have contempt for somebody/something (also feel contempt for somebody/something)He had a deep contempt for authority.show contemptHer face showed clearly the contempt she felt for them.hold somebody/something in contempt (=have a low opinion of something or someone, and show it)He was one of those men who hold in contempt those who do not share his point of view.adjectivesutter/total contemptSally looked at him with utter contempt.the utmost contemptMany people regarded the government with the utmost contempt.open/undisguised contempt (=that you do not try to hide)Her expression was one of open contempt.deep contempt (=great contempt)There is a deep contempt for the commercialism in the West.cold/icy contempt (=that shows in a very unfriendly way)I noticed the icy contempt in his voice.withering contempt (=that makes you feel very inferior)She treated some of her staff with withering contempt.phrasesa look of contemptHe gave her a look of contempt that made her want to hit him.have/feel/show etc nothing but contemptThe public should have nothing but contempt for bad journalism.treat somebody/something with the contempt they deserveShe treated these accusations with the contempt they deserved.familiarity breeds contempt (=used to say that if you know someone very well, you may respect them less)
Examples from the Corpus
contemptWe should not allow that, because that would be a contempt of democracy.I feel nothing but contempt for people who are obsessed with fast cars and designer clothes.He never tried to hide his contempt for those who were not as intelligent as him.And they all hold supply-side economics in contempt.She remembered the contempt, the ice in his glance.The contempt for Daley was pouring down from all directions.This contempt for others is a denial of humanity.The teachers were very old-fashioned, treating any new ideas with contempt and scorn.I did not tell you lies but I do deserve your contempt.beneath contemptThey are considered beneath contempt in the system, but at Grendon everyone has equal status.Paperback publishing was considered beneath contempt.He can treat Mr Flynt as a figure beneath contempt, and ignore him.in contempt of somethingNor can they be found to be in contempt of court in relation to words spoken in the course of proceedings in Parliament.If he fails to appear, he will be in contempt of tribal law, Foster said.The New York City officials were found in contempt of court for failing to find shelter quickly enough for needy families.McSpadden ruled that Lenhart had no such privilege, held her in contempt of court and ordered her jailed.Disclosure of the material would put anyone who violated the order in contempt of court.Breach of these undertakings would place the parties in contempt of court.