self-contempt









self-contempt


noun

  1. the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
  2. the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace.
  3. Law.
    1. willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court (contempt of court) or legislative body.
    2. an act showing such disrespect.

noun

  1. the attitude or feeling of a person towards a person or thing that he considers worthless or despicable; scorn
  2. the state of being scorned; disgrace (esp in the phrase hold in contempt)
  3. wilful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law or legislative bodycontempt of court

n.late 14c., from Latin contemptus “scorn,” from past participle of contemnere “to scorn, despise,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *temnere “to slight, scorn,” of uncertain origin. Phrase contempt of court is attested from 19c., though the idea is several centuries older. see familiarity breeds contempt.

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