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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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