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Learned borrowing from Latin contemptus (whence contempt) + -ous.
- (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛm(p).tʃu.əs/, /kənˈtɛm(p).tʃəs/, /kənˈtɛm(p).tju.əs/
Audio (UK) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmp.t͡ʃu.əs/
contemptuous (comparative more contemptuous, superlative most contemptuous)
- 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.
- 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?
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “contemptuous”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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