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contempt

noun [U] uk   /kənˈtempt/ us  

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.
Translations of “contempt”
in Korean 경멸…
in Arabic إزدراء, إهانة…
in French mépris, outrage…
in Turkish küçümseme, aşağılama…
in Italian disprezzo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不尊敬, 蔑視, 鄙視…
in Russian презрение…
in Polish pogarda…
in Spanish desprecio, desdén, desacato…
in Portuguese desprezo, desdém…
in German die Verachtung, die Mißachtung…
in Catalan menyspreu…
in Japanese 軽蔑…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不尊敬, 蔑视, 鄙视…
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