contemptuous

  • 1 Contemptuous — Con*temp tu*ous (?; 135), a. Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; haughty; insolent; disdainful. [1913 Webster] A proud, contemptuous behavior. Hammond. [1913 Webster] Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm. Macaulay. [1913 …

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  • 2 contemptuous — I adjective abasing, abject, abominable, abusive, accusatory, arbitrary, arrogant, base, brazen, bumptious, calumniating, calumniatory, calumnious, challenging, compromising, contemptible, contumelious, damaging, decrying, defamatory, defiant,… …

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  • 3 contemptuous — 1590s, from L. contemptus (see CONTEMPT (Cf. contempt)). Related: Contemptuously …

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  • 4 contemptuous — [adj] arrogant, insolent audacious, bold, cavalier, cheeky, cold shoulder, condescending, contumelious, cool, derisive, derisory, disdainful, disrespectful, dog it*, hard, hard nosed, haughty, high and mighty*, high hat*, insulting, on high… …

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  • 5 contemptuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing contempt. DERIVATIVES contemptuously adverb contemptuousness noun …

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  • 6 contemptuous — [kən temp′cho͞o əs] adj. [ML contemptuosus] full of contempt; scornful; disdainful contemptuously adv. contemptuousness n …

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  • 7 contemptuous — adj. contemptuous of (he was contemptuous of all authority) * * * [kən temptʃʊəs] contemptuous of (he was contemptuous of all authority) …

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  • 8 contemptuous — [[t]kənte̱mptʃuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ of n If you are contemptuous of someone or something, you do not like or respect them at all. He was contemptuous of private farmers... He s openly contemptuous of all the major political …

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  • 9 contemptuous — adjective 1 showing that you feel that someone or something is not important and deserves no respect: Cordelia threw him a contemptuous look. | be contemptuous of: He was openly contemptuous of his elder brother. 2 not feeling any fear in a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 contemptuous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ Her voice sounded almost contemptuous. ADVERB ▪ utterly ▪ almost ▪ …

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  • 11 contemptuous — con|temp|tu|ous [kənˈtemptʃuəs] adj showing that you think someone or something deserves no respect ▪ Benedict threw her a contemptuous glance. contemptuous of ▪ He was openly contemptuous of his elder brother. >contemptuously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 contemptuous — con|temp|tu|ous [ kən temptʃuəs ] adjective showing that you do not respect someone or something at all: He gave a contemptuous laugh. contemptuous of: She has always been openly contemptuous of authority. ╾ con|temp|tu|ous|ly adverb: They… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 contemptuous — UK [kənˈtemptjʊəs] / US [kənˈtemptʃuəs] adjective showing that you do not respect someone or something at all He gave a contemptuous laugh. contemptuous of: She has always been openly contemptuous of authority. Derived word: contemptuously adverb …

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  • 14 contemptuous — contemptible, contemptuous Contemptible in current use means ‘deserving contempt’ • (His defiant and sulky defence of his right to pat bottoms and hump secretaries, or pin women to the wall in sexual passes, is contemptible Independent, 2006)… …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 contemptuous — adjective /kənˈtɛmp.tʃu.əs,kənˈtɛmp.tju.əs,kənˈtɛmp.tʃu.əs/ showing contempt; expressing disdain; showing a lack of respect. I dont know that guy, but he just gave me a contemptuous look. See Also: contempt …

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  • 16 contemptuous — adjective the contemptuous look on your face says it all Syn: scornful, disdainful, disrespectful, insulting, insolent, derisive, mocking, sneering, scoffing, withering, scathing, snide; condescending, supercilious, haughty, proud, superior,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 contemptuous — adjective Etymology: Latin contemptus Date: 1574 manifesting, feeling, or expressing contempt • contemptuously adverb • contemptuousness noun …

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  • 18 contemptuous — contemptuously, adv. contemptuousness, n. /keuhn temp chooh euhs/, adj. showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful. [1520 30; < L contemptu , s. of contemptus CONTEMPT + OUS] Syn. disdainful, sneering, insolent, arrogant, supercilious,… …

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  • 19 contemptuous — Synonyms and related words: abjuratory, abusive, arrogant, audacious, back biting, belittling, biggety, bitchy, blackening, blameful, bluff, bold, brash, brassy, brazen, bumptious, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, cavalier, censorious,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 contemptuous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. disdainful, derisive, disrespectful; see scornful 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. disdainful, scornful, disrespectful, arrogant, sneering, insolent, insulting, derisive, *high and mighty, supercilious,… …

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