contemptuous

[ kuhn-temp-choo-uhs ]
/ kənˈtɛmp tʃu əs /

adjective

showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.

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Origin of contemptuous

1520–30; <Latin contemptu-, stem of contemptuscontempt + -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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