- The definition of contempt is a feeling of scorn towards another person or an act showing disrespect for someone or something.
An example of contempt is the feeling that someone has for a person who stole her precious jewelry.
contempt definition by Webster's New World
- the feeling or attitude of one who looks down on somebody or something as being low, mean, or unworthy; scorn
- the condition of being despised or scorned
- the punishable act of showing disrespect for the authority or dignity of a court (or legislature), as by disobedience, unruliness, etc.
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin contemptus, scorn, past participle of contemnere: see contemn
contempt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.
- The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
- Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin contemptus, past participle of contemnere, to despise; see contemn.
contempt - Legal Definition