[ kuhn-temp-choo-uhs-lee ]
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  1. in a way that expresses contempt or disdain; scornfully: He remained angrily and contemptuously silent and refused to answer.

Origin of contemptuously


Other words from contemptuously

  • half-con·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·con·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·con·temp·tu·ous·ly, adverb

Words Nearby contemptuously Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use contemptuously in a sentence

  • Ask him to play on that string; Ill wager hell refuse, said the old man, contemptuously.

    The Fifth String   | John Philip Sousa
  • Not very probable,” said Sarah, contemptuously, “though I make no doubt the rebels got behind the logs.

    The Spy | J. Fenimore Cooper
  • We were contemptuously termed ‘pograms,’ a term of reproach the origin of which I have never learnt.

    East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie