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Contempt is an intense feeling of disrespect and dislike. It is similar to hate, but implies feelings of superiority/superciliousness. A person who has contempt for another individual looks down (condescends) on that person. The "recipient of contempt is deemed unworthy, beneath redemption. Contempt may be related to feelings of disgust and bitterness.[citation needed] Contempt - an intense feeling of disrespect and dislike. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Hate (disambiguation). ... A woman showing disgust. ... Human taste sensory organs, called taste buds or gustatory calyculi, and concentrated on the upper surface of the tongue, appear to be receptive to relatively few chemical species as tastes. ...


The old adage, "familiarity breeds contempt" means that we get sick of people and places that we see everyday. In fact, however, familiarity often produces attraction. This is documented as the mere exposure effect in psychology. The exception to the mere exposure effect is if the object is disliked in the beginning.[citation needed] The mere exposure effect is a psychological artifact well known to advertisers: people express undue liking for things merely because they are familiar with them. ... The mere exposure effect is a psychological artifact well known to advertisers: people express undue liking for things merely because they are familiar with them. ...


In a legal sense, contempt means disrespect for the authority of the court. A contempt of court charge may be brought against those who are unruly or disobedient. Contempt of court is a court ruling which, in the context of a court trial or hearing, deems an individual as holding contempt for the court, its process, and its invested powers. ...


Contempt and marriage

In Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking author Malcolm Gladwell discusses John Gottman's theories of how to predict which couples will stay married. Gottman's theory states that there are four major emotional reactions that are destructive to a marriage: defensiveness, stonewalling, criticism, and contempt. Among these four, Gottman considers contempt the most important of them all. As stated in Blink: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell in which he explores the power of the trained mind to make split second decisions, the ability to think without thinking, or in other words using instinct. ... Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell (born September 1, 1963) is a United Kingdom-born, Canadian-raised journalist now based in New York City who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. ... John Gottman is known for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction. ... You may be looking for: Stonewall riots, a series of gay rights riots held around the Stonewall Inn. ... A critic (derived from the ancient Greek word krites meaning a judge) is a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation. ...

If Gottman observes one or both partners in a marriage showing contempt toward the other, he considers it the single most important sign that the marriage is in trouble. "You would think that criticism would be the worst," Gottman says, "because criticism is a global condemnation of a person's character. Yet contempt is qualitatively different from criticism. With criticism I might say to my wife, 'You never listen, you are really selfish and insensitive.' Well, she's going to respond defensively to that. That's not very good for our problem solving and interaction. But if I speak from a superior plane, that's far more damaging, and contempt is any statement made from a higher level. A lot of the time it's an insult: 'You are a bitch.You're a little whore. You're scum.' It's trying to put that person on a lower plane than you. It's hierarchical." Gottman has found, in fact, that the presence of contempt in a marriage can even predict such things as how many colds a husband or a wife gets; in other words, having someone you love express contempt toward you is so stressful that it begins to affect the functioning of your immune system. "Contempt is closely related to disgust, and what disgust and contempt are about is completely rejecting and excluding someone from the community. The big gender difference with negative emotions is that women are more critical, and men are more likely to stonewall. We find that women start talking about a problem, the men get irritated and turn away, and the women get more critical, and it becomes a circle. But there isn't any gender difference when it comes to contempt. Not at all." Contempt is special. If you can measure contempt, then all of a sudden you don't need to know every detail of the couple's relationship.

 Gladwell, Malcolm (copyright 2005). Blink. Back Bay Books imprint (Little, Brown and Company), pp. 32-33. ISBN 0-316-01066-9.  

Phrases of Contempt

The phrase "Can Bite Me" is generally used in conversation to indicate spontaneous contempt for the target object or concept, often with undertones of humor.[citation needed] Look up Humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Examples

  • When discussing the pros and cons of Windows vs. Linux, the pro Linux engineer might say "Windows can bite me" while the pro Windows engineer would say "Linux can bite me."

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contempt of court: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (1452 words)
Contempt of court is a court ruling which, in the context of a court trial or hearing, deems an individual as holding contempt for the court, its process, and its invested powers.
Often stated simply as "in contempt," or a person "held in contempt," it is the highest remedy of a judge to impose sanctions on an individual for acts which wantonly or excessively disrupt the normal process of a court hearing.
A finding of contempt of court may result from a failure to obey a lawful order of a court, showing disrespect for the judge, disruption of the proceedings through poor behavior, or publication of material deemed likely to jeopardize a fair trial.
Contempt of Court (1433 words)
Indirect contempt poses a much greater challenge, because the accused contemnor is entitled both to fair advance notice of the charges and to a trial with almost every protection afforded a criminal defendant (the principal exception being the right to jury trial).
One cannot be held in contempt for violation of a court order unless there was a valid and enforceable order in force at the time the alleged contempt was committed.
There must be proof that the order upon which the contempt proceeding is based has been served upon the accused, or that he was present when the order was made, or that he had knowledge of it.
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