- contempt used 10 times.
- First Reference: Esther 1:18
- Last Reference: Daniel 12:2
- Included in Eastons: No
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: No
- Included in BDB: Yes
CONTEMPT, noun [Latin See Contemn.]
1. The act of despising; the act of viewing or considering and treating as mean, vile and worthless; disdain; hatred of what is mean or deemed vile. This word is one of the strongest expressions of a mean opinion which the language affords.
Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great.
2. The state of being despised; whence in a scriptural sense, shame, disgrace.
Some shall awake to everlasting contempt Daniel 7:1.
3. In law, disobedience of the rules and orders of a court, which is a punishable offense.
CONTEMPTIBLE, adjective [Latin]
1. Worthy of contempt; that deserves scorn, or disdain; despicable; mean; vile. Intemperance is a contemptible vice. No plant or animal is so contemptible as not to exhibit evidence of the wonderful power and wisdom of the Creator.
The pride that leads to dueling is a contemptible passion.
2. Apt to despise; contemptuous. [Not legitimate.]
CONTEMPTIBLENESS, noun The state of being contemptible, or of being despised; despicableness; meanness; vileness.
CONTEMPTIBLY, adverb In a contemptible manner; meanly; in a manner deserving of contempt.
CONTEMPTUOUS, adjective Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; as contemptuous language or manner; a contemptuous opinion. Applied to men, apt to despise; haughty; insolent; as a nation, proud, severe, contemptuous
CONTEMPTUOUSLY, adverb In a contemptuous manner; with scorn or disdain; despitefully.
The apostles and most eminent Christians were poor, and treated contemptuously
CONTEMPTUOUSNESS, noun Disposition to contempt; act of contempt; insolence; scornfulness; haughtiness.