1. [syn: contemptuous, disdainful, insulting, scornful]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contemptuous \Con*temp"tu*ous\ (?; 135), a.
Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful;
haughty; insolent; disdainful.
A proud, contemptuous behavior. --Hammond.
Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm. --Macaulay.
Rome . . . entertained the most contemptuous opinion of
the Jews. --Atterbury.
Syn: Scornful; insolent; haughty; disdainful; supercilious;
Usage: Contemptuous, Contemptible. These words, from
their similarity of sound, are sometimes erroneously
interchanged, as when a person speaks of having "a
very contemptible opinion of another." Contemptible is
applied to that which is the object of contempt; as,
contemptible conduct; acontemptible fellow.
Contemptuous is applied to that which indicates
contempt; as, a contemptuous look; a contemptuous
remark; contemptuous treatment. A person, or whatever
is personal, as an action, an expression, a feeling,
an opinion, may be either contemptuous or
contemptible; a thing may be contemptible, but can not
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous,
disdainful, insulting, scornful]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
113 Moby Thesaurus words for "contemptuous":
abjuratory, abusive, arrogant, audacious, back-biting, belittling,
biggety, bitchy, blackening, blameful, bluff, bold, brash, brassy,
brazen, bumptious, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, cavalier,
censorious, challenging, cheeky, chutzpadik, clannish, cliquish,
cocky, condemnatory, contumelious, crusty, damnatory, daring,
declinatory, defamatory, defiant, defying, denunciatory,
deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derisive,
derisory, derogative, derogatory, despising, detractory,
disdainful, dismissive, disparaging, disregardful, disrespectful,
exclusive, execrating, execrative, execratory, facy, flip,
flippant, fresh, gally, gratuitous, greatly daring, haughty,
impertinent, impudent, insolent, insulting, invective, inveighing,
judgmental, libelous, malapert, minimizing, nervy, objurgatory,
pejorative, pert, priggish, regardless of consequences, rejective,
renunciative, reproachful, reprobative, reviling, ridiculing, rude,
sassy, saucy, scandalous, scoffing, scornful, scurrile, scurrilous,
slanderous, slighting, smart, smart-alecky, smart-ass, sneering,
sniffy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, supercilious,
toploftical, toplofty, uncalled-for, vilifying, vituperative,