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Pronunciation:  kun'tempchoous

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  expressing extreme contempt

CONTEMPTUOUS is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: disdainful, disrespectful, insulting, scornful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*temp"tu*ous\ (?; 135), a.
Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful;
haughty; insolent; disdainful.

      A proud, contemptuous behavior.          --Hammond.

      Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm. --Macaulay.

      Rome . . . entertained the most contemptuous opinion of
      the Jews.                                --Atterbury.

Syn: Scornful; insolent; haughty; disdainful; supercilious;
     insulting; contumelious.

Usage: {Contemptuous}, {Contemptible}. These words, from
       their similarity of sound, are sometimes erroneously
       interchanged, as when a person speaks of having ``a
       very contemptible opinion of another.'' Contemptible
       is applied to that which is the object of contempt;
       as, contemptible conduct; acontemptible fellow.
       Contemptuous is applied to that which indicates
       contempt; as, a contemptuous look; a contemptuous
       remark; contemptuous treatment. A person, or whatever
       is personal, as an action, an expression, a feeling,
       an opinion, may be either contemptuous or
       contemptible; a thing may be contemptible, but can not
       be contemptuous.

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