con|temp|tu|ous «kuhn TEHMP chu uhs», adjective.
showing contempt; scornful: »

a contemptuous toss of the head. The police dog gave the kitten a contemptuous look.

SYNONYM(S): disdainful.
con|temp´tu|ous|ly, adverb.
con|temp´tu|ous|ness, noun.
Usage Contemptuous and contemptible are sometimes confused. The distinction will clear if one observes that in contemptible the suffix -ible means “deserving.”

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