From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"In poems such as "What is Our Life" and "The Lie", Walter Raleigh expresses a contemptus mundi (contempt of the world) attitude more characteristic of the Middle Ages than of the dawning era of humanistic optimism."--Sholem Stein
Contempt is an intense feeling of disrespect and dislike. It is similar to hate, but implies feelings of superiority. A person who has contempt for another individual looks down on that person. The recipient of contempt is deemed unworthy, beneath redemption. Contempt may be related to feelings of disgust and bitterness.
The old adage, "familiarity breeds contempt" means that we get sick of people and places that we see every day. In fact, however, familiarity generally produces attraction. This is documented as the mere exposure effect in psychology.
- Contemptus mundi
- Contempt of Court - willful violation of a lawful order
- Contempt (film), known as Le Mépris in its original French, a film by Jean-Luc Godard
- Contempt is a song by John Zorn from the 1989 album Naked City