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contemptuous

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adjective con·temp·tu·ous \kən-ˈtem(p)-chə-wəs, -chəs, -shwəs, -chü-əs\

Simple Definition of contemptuous

  • : feeling or showing deep hatred or disapproval : feeling or showing contempt

Full Definition of contemptuous

  1. :  manifesting, feeling, or expressing deep hatred or disapproval :  feeling or showing contempt

con·temp·tu·ous·ly adverb
con·temp·tu·ous·ness noun

Examples of contemptuous

  1. He owned a fine Kentucky rifle, with a cherry wood stock, and was contemptuous of the bulky carbines most of the troop had adopted. —Larry McMurtry, Dead Man's Walk, 1995

  2. He felt familiar enough to indulge in outbursts of rage or contemptuous sarcasm in her presence, and to display the most withering side of his character, lashing out at the people he despised. —Cynthia Ozick, New Yorker, 20 Nov. 1989

  3. In his 1978 Harvard commencement address, Mr. Solzhenitsyn seemed at times contemptuous of American democracy … —Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York Times Book Review, 24 Nov. 1991

  4. <loutish tourists who are contemptuous of the ways and traditions of their host countries>

  5. <contemptuous comments about the baseball team's pathetic showings>



Origin of contemptuous

Latin contemptus (see contempt)


First Known Use: 1574



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