Main Entry: conĚtempt
Pronunciation: k&n-'tem(p)t
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin contemptus, from contemnere
Date: 14th century
1 a : the act of despising : the state of mind of one who despises : DISDAIN b : lack of respect or reverence for something
2 : the state of being despised
3 : willful disobedience to or open disrespect of a court, judge, or legislative body    

  The pro-regime editorials that run everyday in local newspapers are 
  not merely deceitful propaganda; they show contempt of the writers
  or plotters for the attended readers, readers who were expected
  to be silent and of without resistance.