Learner's definition of CONTEMPT
1 : a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval
He feels that wealthy people view/regard him with contempt because he is poor.
He spoke with contempt in his voice.
She has contempt for them. = She holds them in contempt.
2 : a lack of respect for or fear of something that is usually respected or feared
3 [noncount], law : speech or behavior that does not show proper respect to a court or judge
: completely bad or worthless — used to describe someone or something that is too bad to deserve any respect
familiarity breeds contempt