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Mockery of politician in debate that hasn't succeeded (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

contempt

Here is my best explanation:

'mockery' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'politician in debate that hasn't succeeded' is the subsidiary indication.

I cannot really understand how this works, but

'politician' could be 'con' and 'con' is present in the answer.

The remaining letters 'tempt' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.

This explanation may well be incorrect...

'of' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for contempt that I've seen before include "Feeling of despising something - perhaps court?", "Feeling of dislike for, perhaps of court?", "Complete lack of respect, as sometimes of court", "The feeling of despising someone", "The feeling of despising a person", "Disregard for the rules of a court of law", "Beneath this is despicable", "Very low opinion, sometimes of court", "Feeling of disdain, perhaps of court" and "ridicule".)

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