|Origin:||contemptus, from contemnere 'to think of with contempt', from com- ( COM-) + temnere 'to despise'|
a feeling that someone or something is not important and deserves no respect
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?
That sort of behaviour is simply beneath contempt (=does not deserve respect or attention).
disobedience or disrespect towards a court of law:
He was jailed for 7 days for contempt of court.
in contempt of something
He was found in contempt of the order.
complete lack of fear about something
his contempt for danger