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contemptuous

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

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

Full Definition of CONTEMPTUOUS

:  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. <loutish tourists who are contemptuous of the ways and traditions of their host countries>
  2. <contemptuous comments about the baseball team's pathetic showings>
  3. 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

Origin of CONTEMPTUOUS

Latin contemptus (see contempt)
First Known Use: 1574
CONTEMPTUOUSNESS Defined for Kids

contemptuous

adjective con·temp·tu·ous \kən-ˈtemp-chə-wəs\

Definition of CONTEMPTUOUS for Kids

:  scornful <a contemptuous smile>

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