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contemptuous

adjective uk   /kənˈtemp.tju.əs/ us  
expressing contempt: a contemptuous manner/laugh He was very contemptuous of "popular" writers, whom he described as having no talent.
contemptuously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The waiter smiled contemptuously at anyone who didn't know which wine to order.
Translations of “contemptuous”
in Korean 경멸하는…
in Arabic مُزدرٍ…
in Portuguese desdenhoso…
in Catalan despectiu…
in Japanese 軽蔑的な…
in Italian sprezzante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕蔑的,輕視的,鄙視的…
in Russian презрительный…
in Turkish aşağılayıcı, horgören, küçümseyen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻蔑的,轻视的,鄙视的…
in Polish pogardliwy…
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