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[ UK /kəntˈɛmpt‍ʃuːəs/ ]
[ US /kənˈtɛmptʃuəs/ ]
  1. expressing extreme contempt
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How To Use contemptuous In A Sentence

  • Of course the 'nester' or 'punkin roller,' as we contemptuously called the small farmer, began sifting in here and there in spite of our guns, but he was only a mosquito bite in comparison with the trouble which our cow-punchers stirred up. Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger A Romance of the Mountain West
  • He contemptuously dismissed any suggestion to the effect that the dollar was overvalued, or that its climb to record highs on a trade-weighted basis was becoming a source of economic instability.
  • He accepted the situation, happy in the gentle and protecting affection the girl showed him, fitfully enough, for she had, as she called it, her bad days when she used to visit her mother and remain long hours in the riverside hut, coming out as inscrutable as ever, but with a contemptuous look and a short word ready to answer any of his speeches. Almayer's Folly
  • Few then or now would be as openly contemptuous of the life of the mind as Grant. Times, Sunday Times
  • The insurgents refer contemptuously to the ISI as "blacklegs," for their supposedly darker skin. With Friends Like These…
  • And the issue is this -- starting from the contemptuous defiance of the scriptural doctrine upon the necessity of making provision for poverty as an indispensable element in civil communities, the economy of the age has lowered its tone by graduated descents, in each one successively of the four last _decennia_. Theological Essays and Other Papers — Volume 1
  • No wonder old Jocelyn had called her "wilding" -- she was indeed a "wilding" or weed, -- growing up unwanted in the garden of the world, destined to be pulled out of the soil where she had nourished and thrown contemptuously aside. Innocent : her fancy and his fact
  • When I said that few people make real choices about their lives she sneered contemptuously at me.
  • The brother of Miss Grandison, Sir, is not ac-customed to treat any man contemptuously. Sir Charles Grandison
  • As the government has assumed power over monetary policy in contemptuous disregard of the expressed wishes of the savers (to say nothing of the provisions of the Constitution), it aggrandizes power.
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