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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

1520–30; < Latin contemptu-, stem of contemptus contempt + -ous
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Can be confusedcontemptible contemptuous
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contemptuous

/ (kənˈtɛmptjʊəs) /

adjective

(when predicative, often foll by of) showing or feeling contempt; disdainful
Derived Formscontemptuously, adverbcontemptuousness, noun
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