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Open contempt has been expressed in some quarters and the independence of the judiciary called into question. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Failure to do so could be in contempt of court. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The oddest thing about his contempt for women is that surely he rather likes them. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Why should we treat them with contempt? What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story (1989)The plan backfires and the pair end up locked in reciprocal scorn and contempt. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Their encounters were fuelled by mutual contempt rather than respect. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Will the internet kill off our creaking contempt laws? Times, Sunday Times (2008)They can survive by treating you with contempt. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Also you go to some grounds now and the stewards treat you with contempt. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The contempt of court laws are certainly flouted more readily these days than in his time. Times, Sunday Times (2012)What is most shocking is the utter contempt with which he treats the Italian public. Times, Sunday Times (2009)When the scandals came to light, sadness turned to scorn and contempt. The American Nation: A History of the United States to 1877 (1995)If the allegations are proved, he could face a prison sentence for contempt of court. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He has a thousand ways to express contempt, loathing and disgust. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The French must view us with utter contempt. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Public indifference to politics has given way to ridicule, contempt and scorn. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He could face two years' jail for contempt of court. The Sun (2011)But that would be to treat them with contempt, he argues. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Mrs Keen has shown utter contempt for her constituents by refusing to explain or justify her actions. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He has the rubbery features of a depressed albino bulldog and a thousand ways to express contempt, loathing and disgust. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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British English: contempt /kənˈtɛmpt/ NOUN
If you have contempt for someone or something, you have no respect for them.
He has contempt for most politicians.
- American English: contempt
- Arabic: اِحْتِقَار
- Brazilian Portuguese: desprezo
- Chinese: 轻视
- Croatian: prijezir
- Czech: pohrdání
- Danish: foragt
- Dutch: minachting
- European Spanish: desprecio
- Finnish: halveksunta
- French: mépris
- German: Verachtung
- Greek: περιφρόνηση
- Italian: disprezzo
- Japanese: 軽蔑
- Korean: 모욕
- Norwegian: forakt
- Polish: pogarda
- European Portuguese: desprezo
- Romanian: dispreț
- Russian: презрение
- Spanish: desprecio
- Swedish: förakt
- Thai: การหมิ่นประมาท
- Turkish: hor görme
- Ukrainian: зневага
- Vietnamese: sự khinh miệt
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