What is the definition of "contemptful"?


"Contemptful" can be defined as disgraceful or despicable. It also means an intense attitude regarding someone as worthless or inferior. The character Ebenezer Scrooge is an example of someone who is contemtpful because he looks down on everyone with a cold heart, especially the poor.

Contempt, or a person who is contemptful, is often associated with the law and court system, where the term refers to despising justice, authority or the dignity of a court. Someone who is held in contempt of court is often punished with imprisonment or a fine. Contempt is not a primary emotion; instead, a person who is contemptful mixes disgust and anger, according to Robert Plutchik's circumplex model.

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