the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.
the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace.
willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court (contempt of court) or legislative body.
an act showing such disrespect.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contemptus a slighting = contemn(ere) to despise, scorn (see contemn) + -tus suffix of v. action (with loss of n and intrusive p)

self-contempt, noun

contempt , disdain , scorn imply strong feelings of disapproval and aversion toward what seems base, mean, or worthless. contempt is disapproval tinged with disgust: to feel contempt for a weakling . disdain is a feeling that a person or thing is beneath one's dignity and unworthy of one's notice, respect, or concern: a disdain for crooked dealing . scorn denotes open or undisguised contempt often combined with derision: He showed only scorn for those who were not as ambitious as himself. Unabridged
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contempt (kənˈtɛmpt)
1.  the attitude or feeling of a person towards a person or thing that he considers worthless or despicable; scorn
2.  the state of being scorned; disgrace (esp in the phrase hold in contempt)
3.  wilful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law or legislative body: contempt of court
[C14: from Latin contemptus a despising, from contemnere to contemn]

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Word Origin & History

1390s, from L. contemptus "scorn," pp. of contemnere, from com- intens. prefix + temnere "to slight, scorn," of uncertain origin. Phrase contempt of court is attested from 19c., though the idea is several centuries older.
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contempt of court definition

The deliberate obstruction of a court's proceedings by refusing to obey a court order or by interfering with court procedures. Contempt of court can be punished by fine, imprisonment, or both.

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Example sentences
We have contempt of court, whether or not it is contemptible is not in question.
Prisoners may vote if they are doing time for non-payment of fines or,
  strangely, contempt of court.
These can compel witness, hold people in contempt of court, and generally throw
  their weight around.
Her behaviour during the proceedings of this case would have landed her in jail
  for contempt of court in any western judiciary.
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