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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin contemptus or from contempt +‎ -uous.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmp.tʃu.əs/, /kənˈtɛmp.tju.əs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmp.tʃu.əs/

AdjectiveEdit

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.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      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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