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3 definitions found
 for contemptuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contemptuous \Con*temp"tu*ous\ (?; 135), a.
     Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful;
     haughty; insolent; disdainful.
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           A proud, contemptuous behavior.          --Hammond.
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           Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm. --Macaulay.
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           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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  contemptuous
      adj 1: expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous,
             disdainful, insulting, scornful]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  113 Moby Thesaurus words for "contemptuous":
     abjuratory, abusive, arrogant, audacious, back-biting, belittling,
     biggety, bitchy, blackening, blameful, bluff, bold, brash, brassy,
     brazen, bumptious, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, cavalier,
     censorious, challenging, cheeky, chutzpadik, clannish, cliquish,
     cocky, condemnatory, contumelious, crusty, damnatory, daring,
     declinatory, defamatory, defiant, defying, denunciatory,
     deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derisive,
     derisory, derogative, derogatory, despising, detractory,
     disdainful, dismissive, disparaging, disregardful, disrespectful,
     exclusive, execrating, execrative, execratory, facy, flip,
     flippant, fresh, gally, gratuitous, greatly daring, haughty,
     impertinent, impudent, insolent, insulting, invective, inveighing,
     judgmental, libelous, malapert, minimizing, nervy, objurgatory,
     pejorative, pert, priggish, regardless of consequences, rejective,
     renunciative, reproachful, reprobative, reviling, ridiculing, rude,
     sassy, saucy, scandalous, scoffing, scornful, scurrile, scurrilous,
     slanderous, slighting, smart, smart-alecky, smart-ass, sneering,
     sniffy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, supercilious,
     toploftical, toplofty, uncalled-for, vilifying, vituperative,
     wise-ass, withering
  
  

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