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synonyms for contemptuous

  • condescending
  • derisive
  • disdainful
  • disrespectful
  • haughty
  • insulting
  • scornful
  • audacious
  • bold
  • cavalier
  • cheeky
  • cold-shoulder
  • contumelious
  • cool
  • derisory
  • dog it
  • hard
  • hard-nosed
  • high-and-mighty
  • high-hat
  • on high horse
  • opprobrious
  • sardonic
  • sneering
  • snippy
  • snobbish
  • snooty
  • snotty
  • supercilious
  • temperamental
  • uppity
  • upstage
See also synonyms for: contemptuously / contemptuousness

antonyms for contemptuous

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  • flattering
  • humble
  • praising
  • respectful
  • polite
  • respected
  • shy
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How to use contemptuous in a sentence

It was a classic case of dividing, contemptuous leadership — in our moment of need.
HOW CAN WE BREAK OUR ADDICTION TO CONTEMPT? (EP. 478)STEPHEN J. DUBNEROCTOBER 14, 2021FREAKONOMICS
But, you also just told us that most of us don’t want to be involved in that contemptuous partisan cycle.
HOW CAN WE BREAK OUR ADDICTION TO CONTEMPT? (EP. 478)STEPHEN J. DUBNEROCTOBER 14, 2021FREAKONOMICS
He called upon the Order to show their title-deeds, but was met with a contemptuous refusal.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
Junot and Ney were openly contemptuous, Regnier hung back, and was three weeks late in his arrangements.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
But his lips were hard pressed and his eyes became suddenly contemptuous, then smiling.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
They did so, and Crane looked up at the fat hardware man with eyes that were not quite so contemptuous.
SCATTERGOOD BAINESCLARENCE BUDINGTON KELLAND
At this period Tchaikovskys attitude to his father and his aunts was slightly egotistical and contemptuous.
THE LIFE & LETTERS OF PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKYMODESTE TCHAIKOVSKY
Madame Roland instantly penetrated his character, and he was repulsed from her presence by the most contemptuous neglect.
MADAME ROLAND, MAKERS OF HISTORYJOHN S. C. ABBOTT
This, with contemptuous indignation, we fling back into their face, as a scorpion to a vulture.
THE CONDITION, ELEVATION, EMIGRATION, AND DESTINY OF THE COLORED PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATESMARTIN R. DELANY
His smile was cynical, and suggested a kind of contemptuous pity for the person to whom he spoke.
THE EVERLASTING ARMSJOSEPH HOCKING
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