I adjective abasing, abject, abominable, abusive, accusatory, arbitrary, arrogant, base, brazen, bumptious, calumniating, calumniatory, calumnious, challenging, compromising, contemptible, contumelious, damaging, decrying, defamatory, defiant, defying, denigratory, denunciatory, depreciating, depreciative, derisive, derisory, derogative, derogatory, detestable, detracting, disapproving, discourteous, disdainful, dishonorable, dishonoring, dislikable, disparaging, disregardful, disrespectful, execrable, expressing disdain, flouting, forward, harsh, hateful, ignominious, impertinent, impudent, indignant, infamous, injuring, injurious, insinuating, insolent, insulting, irreverent, libelous, maledicent, malevolent, malicious, malignant, maligning, manifesting contempt, nefarious, objectionable, obnoxious, obtrusive, offensive, opprobrious, repellent, reproachful, reproaching, repugnant, repulsive, reviling, rude, scandalous, scornful, slighting, spiteful, uncivil, vile, vituperative II index blameful, blameworthy, calumnious, contumacious, cynical, disdainful, impertinent (insolent), inflated (vain), insolent, libelous, orgulous, proud (conceited), supercilious

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  • Contemptuous — Con*temp tu*ous (?; 135), a. Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; haughty; insolent; disdainful. [1913 Webster] A proud, contemptuous behavior. Hammond. [1913 Webster] Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm. Macaulay. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contemptuous — 1590s, from L. contemptus (see CONTEMPT (Cf. contempt)). Related: Contemptuously …   Etymology dictionary

  • contemptuous — [adj] arrogant, insolent audacious, bold, cavalier, cheeky, cold shoulder, condescending, contumelious, cool, derisive, derisory, disdainful, disrespectful, dog it*, hard, hard nosed, haughty, high and mighty*, high hat*, insulting, on high… …   New thesaurus

  • contemptuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing contempt. DERIVATIVES contemptuously adverb contemptuousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • contemptuous — [kən temp′cho͞o əs] adj. [ML contemptuosus] full of contempt; scornful; disdainful contemptuously adv. contemptuousness n …   English World dictionary

  • contemptuous — adj. contemptuous of (he was contemptuous of all authority) * * * [kən temptʃʊəs] contemptuous of (he was contemptuous of all authority) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • contemptuous — [[t]kənte̱mptʃuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ of n If you are contemptuous of someone or something, you do not like or respect them at all. He was contemptuous of private farmers... He s openly contemptuous of all the major political …   English dictionary

  • contemptuous — adjective 1 showing that you feel that someone or something is not important and deserves no respect: Cordelia threw him a contemptuous look. | be contemptuous of: He was openly contemptuous of his elder brother. 2 not feeling any fear in a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • contemptuous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ Her voice sounded almost contemptuous. ADVERB ▪ utterly ▪ almost ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • contemptuous — con|temp|tu|ous [kənˈtemptʃuəs] adj showing that you think someone or something deserves no respect ▪ Benedict threw her a contemptuous glance. contemptuous of ▪ He was openly contemptuous of his elder brother. >contemptuously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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