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English definition of “contempt”

contempt

noun     /kənˈtempt/
[U] a strong feeling that you do not respect someone or something: He has utter contempt for anyone with power.Feelings of dislike and hatredShowing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting
contempt of court behaviour that is illegal because it does not obey the rules of a law courtLaw courtsCourt cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of contempt noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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