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Spanish translation of “contempt”


noun /kənˈtempt/
very low opinion ; scorn
desprecio , desdén
She spoke with utter contempt of her husband’s behaviour / behavior .
disregard for the law
He is admitting to blatant contempt for the rules of the sport in which he competed .
contemptible adjective ( formal ) deserving contempt
His behaviour / behavior was contemptible.
contemptibly adverb
de forma despreciable
Her explanation was contemptibly brief .
contemptuous /-tʃuəs/ adjective showing contempt
despreciativo , despectivo
a contemptuous sneer .
contemptuously adverb
con desprecio
The girl looked at him contemptuously.
(Definition of contempt from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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