• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contemptuous expressing extreme contempt
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Contemptuous Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; haughty; insolent; disdainful. "A proud, contemptuous behavior.""Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm.""Rome . . . entertained the most contemptuous opinion of the Jews."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contemptuous Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful: said of actions or feelings: as, contemptuous language or manner.
    • contemptuous Apt to despise; contumelious; haughty; insolent: said of persons.
    • contemptuous Worthy of contempt; contemptible.
    • contemptuous Synonyms Disdainful, supercilious, cavalier, contumelious.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Contemptuous haughty, scornful
    • ***


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Contemn.


In literature:

We need not be contemptuous about that.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
He had been contemptuously content so far to let the subject be.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But Nance had caught the slightly contemptuous expression in Adele's eyes and resented it with warm loyalty.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
The Wizard smiled contemptuously at her words, and added taunt to taunt.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
His expression was becoming heated and contemptuous.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
It was plain that women dominated this society, and from them Ben received curious but contemptuous glances.
"Daughters of Doom" by Herbert B. Livingston
The two terms were synonymous, yet mine was respectful, his a contemptuous insult to the Canienga Nation.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
She had kicked it about contemptuously.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
When he looked up, his mood was contemptuous.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Laskar was still groaning, and finally Harlan walked to him and pushed him with a contemptuous foot.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He sucked his teeth contemptuously, and then turned his back squarely upon the noble countenance.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
A contemptuous term for the missiles which were thrown by the galley-slaves at an approaching enemy.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Then remarking contemptuously: "Well you are a poor creature," turned upon her heel to leave her.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
The lawyer gave a contemptuous snort, and turned on his heel.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
She had shown herself to be contemptuous in reviewing the little I had done.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
And did you see the contemptuous look he gave me when I was so eccentric as to order toast?
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
James turned to look at his uncle, noting a little contemptuously the change of his costume, and its extravagant juvenility.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Again the building rang to the blows upon the outer door; but Hetty's voice was even, and a little contemptuous.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Reist was facing him, his head thrown back, passionate, contemptuous, bitter.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
I opened my eyes and there was Kenny, grinning contemptuously at us.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long

In poetry:

Do not the scene rehearse!
The perfect eyes enjoin
A contemptuous verse;
We speak the crabbed line.
"To The Romantic Traditionists" by Allen Tate
He glanced contemptuous o'er my ruin'd fold;
He blamed the graces of my favourite bower;
My breast, unsullied by the lust of gold;
My time, unlavish'd in pursuit of power.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
I will not fight: though proud of pith
I hold no one worth striving with;
And should resentment burn my breast
I deem that silence serves me best:
So having not a word to say,
Contemptuous I turn away.
"I Will Not Fight" by Robert W Service
Yes, Kings have gone, or reign as slaves;
Religion mumbles round our graves,
But shapes our lives no more:
Tradition, thrice—spurned Sibyl, burns
The leaves mob Sovereignty spurns,
Contemptuous of her lore.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin
The pine-trees are shaken—they yield to thy shocks,
And spread their vast ruin wide over the ground,
The rocks fly before thee—thou seizest the rocks,
And whirl’st them like pebbles contemptuously round.
"Ode To A Mountain-Torrent (From The German Of Stolberg)" by George Borrow
Turn not, contemptuous, on your heel;—
It is not for an act of grace
That, suppliants, at your feet we kneel,—
We stand;—we look you in the face,
And say,—and we have weighed the word,—
That our petitions SHALL be heard.
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont

In news:

In his near 3 decades as NBA Commissioner David Stern has at times been misguided, conspiratory, overbearing, greedy and contemptuous but rarely has the commissioner been stupid.
He appeared contemptuous of the Justice Department's argument trying to stop Arizona's cops from deporting undocumented Mexicans.
The Contemptuous Elitism of Mitt Romney.
Our Contemptuous President Obama can't be bothered with checks and balances.
Board seeks Marine's dismissal over ' contemptuous ' anti-Obama Facebook comments.
President Obama's Clueless, Contemptuous Energy Speech.
President Obama's energy speech last week was a breathtaking blend of cluelessness and contemptuousness.
Angry Conservatives and Contemptuous Liberals.
The author, most recently, of "Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You" and "Black Dahlia & White Rose" admits that she first found Walt Whitman disappointing: "Please don't send contemptuous e-mails.".
Konner cites the sexual practices of Tantric Yoga where men are "contemptuous of orgasm " and where they use "various stratagems to maintain for hours on end the blissful vertiginous state that immediately precedes it.
On Aug 22, a press release that I consider one of the most contemptuous to have ever come from the County Office Building was issued on the stationary of Commissioner Richard Rothschild.
Biden's conduct in debating Rep Paul Ryan perfectly captures the political left's dismissive and often contemptuous response to conservatives.
The "fuel of the past," he contemptuously calls it.
Post-Soviet Russia in Andrei Zvyagintsev's somber, gripping film Elena is a moral vacuum where money rules, the haves are contemptuous of the have-nots, and class resentment simmers.
A reader sends an e-mail containing a contemptuous criticism.