• WordNet 3.6
    • n contemptuousness the manifestation of scorn and contempt "every subordinate sensed his contemptuousness and hated him in return"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contemptuousness Disposition to or manifestion of contempt; insolence; haughtiness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contemptuousness Disposition to contempt; expression of contempt; insolence; scornfulness; contumeliousness; disdain.
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In literature:

Paley, whom he never tires of treating to contemptuous abuse, was incapable of such feeble sophistry.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
A contemptuous smile passed over his features.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
By Hercules, to speak the truth, our friend Publius is being treated a little contemptuously!
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
You never saw a man so contemptuously, insultingly cool in your life.
"A Wounded Name" by Charles King
Seeing it all, Lady Baltimore's mouth hardens, and a contemptuous expression destroys the calm dignity of her face.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
But I don't feel so contemptuous as I did; it is so pitiful.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
A contemptuous smile played about the young man's lips when he saw it was Robeckal.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
He seemed to regard me with contemptuous pity.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Then Gilian turned and made a poor, contemptuous retreat.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
Slade either did not see the movement, or, if he did, he contemptuously disregarded its menace.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet

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
Fancy not that I
Think of the people's voice contemptuously;
I have been wishing much to know the man
Whom it has named the wise.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Thine eyes contemptuously look down
On all that's sordid, mean and low;
Around thy head is virtue's crown,
About the feet is virtue's snow.
"A Swain To His Sweetheart" by Thomas Frederick Young
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.