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Etymology edit

Learned borrowing from Latin contemptus (whence contempt) +‎ -ous.[1]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛm(p).tʃu.əs/, /kənˈtɛm(p).tʃəs/, /kənˈtɛm(p).tju.əs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmp.t͡ʃu.əs/

Adjective edit

contemptuous (comparative more contemptuous, superlative most contemptuous)

  1. Showing contempt; expressing disdain; showing a lack of respect.
    I don't know that guy, but he just gave me a contemptuous look.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “The Challenge”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 234:
      Sir George burst into a loud fit of contemptuous laughter.
    • 1921, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, published 1925, →OCLC:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. [] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “contemptuous”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.