Definition of familiarity breeds contempt in English:

familiarity breeds contempt


  • Extensive knowledge of or close association with someone or something leads to a loss of respect for them or it.

    • ‘I think that's part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of the reason people turned away from us within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.’
    • ‘But familiarity breeds contempt among wrestling fans, who want to know what a wrestler has done for them lately.’
    • ‘As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt, and the family that stays together eventually gets on each others’ nerves!’
    • ‘Of course familiarity breeds contempt - which may be why so many Scots rarely get to grips with their capital.’
    • ‘They say familiarity breeds contempt and I can certainly vouch for that when it comes to door-to-door salesmen.’