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Definitions for contemptuous
kənˈtɛmp tʃu əscon·temp·tu·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemptuous, disdainful, insulting, scornful(adj)

    expressing extreme contempt


  1. contemptuous(Adjective)

    showing contempt; expressing disdain; showing a lack of respect.

    I don't know that guy, but he just gave me a contemptuous look.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemptuous(adj)

    manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; haughty; insolent; disdainful

Editors Contribution

  1. contemptuous

    showing contempt ,scornful

    she was intolerant and contemptuous of the majority of the human race.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 6, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemptuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemptuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of contemptuous in a Sentence

  1. Jerry Nadler:

    Article 3 of Nixon's impeachment was obstruction of Congress, refusing to obey defined congressional subpoenas, pleading imaginary privilege, and obviously that's what The President has been doing. Richard Nixon wasn't foolish to say in advance that Richard Nixon's going to defy all congressional subpoenas... and today we saw a witness instructed by the White House completely contemptuous of Congress who refused to answer relevant questions. Just another instance of obstruction of Congress and that's what Article 3 of the Richard Nixon impeachment was.

  2. Empowerment Minister Patrick Zhuwao:

    Businesses have continued to disregard Zimbabwe's indigenisation laws as if daring our President and his government to do something about their contemptuous behaviour, it's either you comply or you close shop.

  3. Jim Mattis:

    The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in The Woodward book were never uttered by me or in my presence. While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility.

  4. Raha Bahreini:

    The fact that there were two executions in less than two weeks just shows how indifferent and contemptuous the Iranian authorities are of their obligations.

  5. Niccolò Machiavelli:

    I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

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  • مزدرArabic
  • надменен, презрителенBulgarian
  • pohrdavýCzech
  • desdeñosoSpanish
  • halveksuva, epäkunnioittava, halventava, halveksivaFinnish
  • dédaigneux, méprisantFrench
  • sprezzante, sdegnosoItalian
  • minachtingDutch
  • pogardliwyPolish
  • презрительный, надменный, пренебрежительныйRussian

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. irascible
    • B. valetudinarian
    • C. inexpiable
    • D. commensal

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