contemptuous

[kuhn-temp-choo-uhs]

adjective

showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.

Origin of contemptuous

1520–30; < Latin contemptu-, stem of contemptus contempt + -ous
Related formscon·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverbcon·temp·tu·ous·ness, nounhalf-con·temp·tu·ous, adjectivehalf-con·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·temp·tu·ous, adjectivenon·con·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·temp·tu·ous·ness, nounun·con·temp·tu·ous, adjectiveun·con·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·con·temp·tu·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedcontemptible contemptuous

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Examples from the Web for contemptuously

Historical Examples of contemptuously

  • The parson never dreamed that any man could be afraid of him, except it were a liar, and he looked upon Rufus contemptuously.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • "We, out here, don't believe much in the efficacy of blue blood," he said contemptuously.

    Wolf Breed

    Jackson Gregory

  • He knew that they were to climb together to the temple, and that it was a pilgrimage from which he was contemptuously debarred.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • He meant to say, contemptuously, "I can imagine nothing of less consequence!"

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • This was not the kind of man to be contemptuously regarded or indiscreetly attacked.



British Dictionary definitions for contemptuously

contemptuous

adjective

(when predicative, often foll by of) showing or feeling contempt; disdainful
Derived Formscontemptuously, adverbcontemptuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contemptuously

contemptuous

adj.

1590s, from Latin contemptus (see contempt). Related: Contemptuously.

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