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- (transitive, archaic) To disdain; to value at little or nothing; to treat or regard with contempt.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 171:
- The change which had so suddenly elevated Charles Stuart to the throne of his ancestors, and, from a poor, wandering, and powerless exile, made him one of Europe's most powerful monarchs, had taken the various courts where he had sojourned, neglected, if not contemned, completely by surprise.
- (law) To commit an offence of contempt, such as contempt of court; to unlawfully flout (e.g. a ruling).
to treat or regard with contempt