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contemptuous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contemptuous  \Con*temp"tu*ous\  (?;  135),  a. 
  Manifesting  or  expressing  contempt  or  disdain;  scornful; 
  haughty;  insolent;  disdainful. 
 
  A  proud,  contemptuous  behavior.  --Hammond. 
 
  Savage  invective  and  contemptuous  sarcasm.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Rome  .  .  .  entertained  the  most  contemptuous  opinion  of 
  the  Jews.  --Atterbury. 
 
  Syn:  Scornful;  insolent;  haughty;  disdainful;  supercilious; 
  insulting;  contumelious. 
 
  Usage:  {Contemptuous},  {Contemptible}.  These  words  from 
  their  similarity  of  sound,  are  sometimes  erroneously 
  interchanged,  as  when  a  person  speaks  of  having  ``a 
  very  contemptible  opinion  of  another.''  Contemptible 
  is  applied  to  that  which  is  the  object  of  contempt; 
  as  contemptible  conduct;  acontemptible  fellow. 
  Contemptuous  is  applied  to  that  which  indicates 
  contempt;  as  a  contemptuous  look  a  contemptuous 
  remark;  contemptuous  treatment.  A  person,  or  whatever 
  is  personal,  as  an  action  an  expression,  a  feeling, 
  an  opinion,  may  be  either  contemptuous  or 
  contemptible;  a  thing  may  be  contemptible,  but  can  not 
  be  contemptuous. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contemptuous 
  adj  :  expressing  extreme  contempt  [syn:  {disdainful},  {insulting}, 
  {scornful}] 




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