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noun [uncountable] contempt pronunciation in American English /kənˈtempt/
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  1. 1
    a feeling that someone or something is unimportant and deserves no respect
    contempt for: I have nothing but contempt for their ridiculous opinions.
    with contempt: She regarded the tabloid press with absolute contempt.
    I will treat that remark with the contempt it deserves.
    hold something/someone in contempt: How could she marry a man whom she holds in such utter contempt?
  2. 3
    a failure to show appropriate respect for something that other people consider to be important
    contempt for: He showed a complete contempt for other people’s feelings.
    their apparent contempt for international law

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