- showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.
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Related Words for contemptuouslyharshly, crudely, bluntly, arrogantly, contemptuously, haughtily, insolently, loudly, roughly, sharply, barbarously, brazenly, coarsely, crassly, curtly, disrespectfully, indecently, indecorously, sassily, snootily
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And I believe I smiled a little too contemptuously for a sister to a sister.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The commissionaire regarded him contemptuously, but did not reply to the sarcasm.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
“Nobody will believe what a man of that sort says,” said Mr Vladimir contemptuously.The Secret Agent
He stooped, picked it up, and cast it contemptuously from him.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
A nobleman once contemptuously asked of a sage, “What have you got by all your philosophy?”Self-Help
- (when predicative, often foll by of) showing or feeling contempt; disdainful
1590s, from Latin contemptus (see contempt). Related: Contemptuously.