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Difference between Contemptuous of something and In contempt of something

contemptuous of somethingshowing contempt or scorn for smth.:

  • There is plenty of evidence that the current government is completely contemptuous of public opinion.

in contempt of somethingshowing disregard or disrespect for smth.:

  • The way in which Mr. Abrahams made his donations were in contempt of the rules covering political donations.