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Definition of Contempt

  CONTEMPT   noun
The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
k?n?tempt n. 1 a feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration or worthless, or deserving scorn or extreme reproach. 2 the condition of being held in contempt. 3 (in full contempt of court) disobedience to or disrespect for a court of law and its officers. Ýbeneath contempt utterly despicable. hold in contempt despise. [ME f. L contemptus (as contemn)]

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