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contemptuous

[kuh n-temp-choo-uh s] /kənˈtɛmp tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin contemptu-, stem of contemptus contempt + -ous
Related forms
contemptuously, adverb
contemptuousness, noun
half-contemptuous, adjective
half-contemptuously, adverb
noncontemptuous, adjective
noncontemptuously, adverb
noncontemptuousness, noun
uncontemptuous, adjective
uncontemptuously, adverb
uncontemptuousness, noun
Can be confused
contemptible, contemptuous.
Synonyms
disdainful, sneering, insolent, arrogant, supercilious, haughty.
Antonyms
respectful.
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British Dictionary definitions for contemptuously

contemptuous

/kənˈtɛmptjʊəs/
adjective
1.
when predicative, often foll by of. showing or feeling contempt; disdainful
Derived Forms
contemptuously, adverb
contemptuousness, 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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