Origin of contemptuousMedieval Latin contemptuosus
Two people look at each other in a contemptuous manner.
The definition of contemptuous is someone who is full of hatred for someone or something.
An example of contemptuous is how white supremacists feel about people of color.
Manifesting or feeling contempt; scornful.
(comparative more contemptuous, superlative most contemptuous)
- She did not sit down but looked at him with a contemptuous smile, waiting for the valet to go.
- One of the audience, with a contemptuous remark, took a handful of pebbles to pelt him with.
- In contemptuous condemnation he was called the friend of the outcasts (Matt.
- There seems no reason to accept Gibbon's contemptuous estimate of their social position.
- The German aristocracy, as Aeneas Sylvius had noticed, remained for the most part barbarous, addicted to gross pleasures, contemptuous of culture.