Meaning of contempt

con•tempt

Pronunciation: (kun-tempt'), [key]
— n.
  1. the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
  2. the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace.
    1. willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court(contempt&prim; of court&prim;)or legislative body.
    2. an act showing such disrespect.
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