Redford still admired him, saying he was “isolated from the world, free of self-contempt, managing an inn at the edge of nowhere.”
His thinking was stopped by a sudden flood of self-contempt.
He had been innocent, and her suspicion of him recoiled back in self-contempt.
To him the winter passed in a maze of doubt and self-contempt.
That scene in the garden that now seems to fill him with self-contempt.
Her emphasis on the words "in love" was sick with self-contempt.
In earning the contempt of others he had not saved himself from self-contempt.
She had kept herself under control to-day by dint of isolation, and the inadequacy of that course filled her with self-contempt.
He had got to the very depths of weakness when it came to that with him—and of self-contempt.
And so he went away crestfallen, in an agony of self-contempt, persuaded that he was verily and indeed no better than a slave.
late 14c., from Latin contemptus "scorn," from past participle of contemnere "to scorn, despise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *temnere "to slight, scorn," of uncertain origin. Phrase contempt of court is attested from 19c., though the idea is several centuries older.