[kuh n-temp-choo-uh s]
- showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.
Origin of contemptuous
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disdainful, sneering, insolent, arrogant, supercilious, haughty.
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Examples from the Web for contemptuousness
If the pastor took you for a courtier, I reverence him for his contemptuousness.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
He looked through her with a contemptuousness such as she could not have imagined.Main Street
She muttered rather than spoke these few words, but with a contemptuousness of inflection that was most expressive.The Faith Doctor
For Tobe an attitude of contemptuousness appeared to be the indicated mood.Ladies and Gentlemen
Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
By a slow facial manoeuvre, Mr. Neal contrived to make his cigar look out upon the world with contemptuousness unbearable.Queed
Henry Sydnor Harrison
- (when predicative, often foll by of) showing or feeling contempt; disdainful
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Word Origin and History for contemptuousness
1590s, from Latin contemptus (see contempt). Related: Contemptuously.
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