contempt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"contempt" in British English

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contemptnoun [U]

uk   us   /kənˈtempt/

contempt noun [U] (NO RESPECT)

C2 a ​strongfeeling 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 ​lawcourt: The ​tobaccocompanies may be ​guilty of contempt of ​court for ​refusing to ​produce the ​documents.
(Definition of contempt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contemptnoun [U]

 us   /kənˈtempt/
a ​strongfeeling of ​lack of ​respect for someone or something: They were ​bullies, and they ​showed contempt for everyone and everything.
adverb  us   /kənˈtemp·tʃu·əs·li/
He ​spoke contemptuously of his ​formerboss.
(Definition of contempt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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