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Definition of contemptuous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

contemptuous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//kənˈtemptʃuəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtemptʃuəs//
 
 
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feeling or showing that you have no respect for somebody/something synonym scornful She gave him a contemptuous look. The company has shown a contemptuous disregard for Henry’s complaints. contemptuous of somebody/something He was contemptuous of everything I did. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘despising law and order’): from medieval Latin contemptuosus, from Latin contemptus ‘contempt’, from contemnere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + temnere ‘despise’.Extra examples Her voice sounded almost contemptuous. The company has shown a contemptuous disregard for Henry’s complaints. You’re contemptuous of everything I do.
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