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contemptuous

[ kuhn-temp-choo-uhs ]
/ kənˈtɛmp tʃu əs /
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adjective
showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.
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Origin of contemptuous

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin contemptu-, stem of contemptus “a slighting” (see contempt) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM contemptuous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contemptuous

contemptible, contemptuous
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British Dictionary definitions for contemptuous

contemptuous
/ (kənˈtɛmptjʊəs) /

adjective
(when predicative, often foll by of) showing or feeling contempt; disdainful

Derived forms of contemptuous

contemptuously, adverbcontemptuousness, noun
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