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1. A feeling or attitude that somebody or something is vile, inferior, or worthless; scorn or disdain.

2. In law, the display of disrespect or defiance of authority.
Lydia looked at her leech of a boyfriend in contempt; he'd lost his job, had no prospects, and begged her to quit her job at the club. She refused and told him to drop dead.

Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and her husband have earned the contempt of much of the United States; even Santorum has taken on a new meaning.

The wife-battering husband arrogantly flirted with female jurors, showing contempt to the court.
by Lorelili September 17, 2011
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What most people deserve to be treated with. The opposite of respect.
Ryan "Why can't you just respect my choice?"

Bryan "Why can't you admit to my face you made the choice and live with the contempt I'm going to treat you with?"
by Hym Iam December 03, 2018
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