A habitual mean estimate, manifested in depreciatory words or actions. According to the justice of the estimate, contempt is sinful or the reverse, heightening guilt or merit. Thus, the deliberate “Thou fool,” would render grievous a momentary anger; Saint Paul the Apostle, despising the world as a crucified slave, increased his meritorious renunciation.

MLA Citation

  • “contempt”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 January 2020. Web. 16 May 2021. <>