As a noun contempt
is (uncountable) the state of contemning; the feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.
As a verb debase is
to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
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(uncountable) The state of contemning; the feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn, disdain.
* , chapter=13
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt
of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.}}
The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
(legal) Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
* contempt of Congress
* contempt of court
* contempt of Parliament
* familiarity breeds contempt
To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
(archaic) To lower in position or rank.
[Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.]
To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
* adulterate, degrade, demean