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contemptnoun [U]

uk   us   /kənˈtempt/

contempt noun [U] (NO RESPECT)

C2 a strong feeling of disliking and having no respect for someone or something: At school she had complete contempt for all her teachers. You should treat those remarks with the contempt that they deserve. She's beneath contempt (= I have no respect for her)!hold sb/sth in contempt to feel contempt for someone or something
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contempt noun [U] (NOT OBEYING)

specialized (also contempt of court) law behaviour that is illegal because it does not obey or respect the rules of a law court: The tobacco companies may be guilty of contempt of court for refusing to produce the documents.
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