What does contemptuous mean?

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

Wiktionary

  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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Henry W. Fowler:

    Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

  3. Chuck Grassley:

    The nominee is an innocent victim of the State Department’s contemptuous failures to respond to congressional inquiries.

  4. Henry W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926):

    Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

  5. 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.

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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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