References in classic literature ?
He thought to himself that there could be no greater torture in the world than at the same time to love and to contemn.
It is so pleasing to one's 'vanity, and so safe, to be of the master's side when he assails those vices and foibles which are inherent in the system of things, and which one can contemn with vast applause so long as one does not attempt to undo the conditions they spring from.
For I esteem those names of men so poor, Who could do mighty things, and could contemn Riches, though offered from the hand of kings.
I called Will Atkins again, and asked him; but the poor fellow fell immediately into tears, and told us he had said something to her of all those things, but that he was himself so wicked a creature, and his own conscience so reproached him with his horrid, ungodly life, that he trembled at the apprehensions that her knowledge of him should lessen the attention she should give to those things, and make her rather contemn religion than receive it; but he was assured, he said, that her mind was so disposed to receive due impressions of all those things, and that if I would but discourse with her, she would make it appear to my satisfaction that my labour would not be lost upon her.
In Henry Nevil Payne's, The Fatal Jealousy (1672), Jasper, played by Sandford, says "what a devil ayles my face, that she Contemns me thus?