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contempt
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Great Expectations
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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • ...they all looked at me with the utmost contempt...
  • She laughed contemptuously, pushed me out, and locked the gate upon me.

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  • Familiarity breeds contempt.
  • He was impolite. She pretended not to notice except that she treated him with contempt.

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  • Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.
  • There was an expression of contempt on his face, and he bit the side of a great forefinger as he watched the group of faces.

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  • This gave me power to keep them back and to look at her: so, she gave a contemptuous toss—but with a sense, I thought, of having made too sure that I was so wounded— and left me.
  • But I never thought there was anything low and small in my keeping away from Joe, because I knew she would be contemptuous of him.
  • For, I cannot adequately express what pain it gave me to think that Estella should show any favor to a contemptible, clumsy, sulky booby, so very far below the average.
  • A spirit of contempt for the fawners and plotters.
  • Mrs. Pocket they held in contempt; but they allowed the poor soul to have been heavily disappointed in life, because that shed a feeble reflected light upon themselves.
  • I had little objection to his being seen by Herbert or his father, for both of whom I had a respect; but I had the sharpest sensitiveness as to his being seen by Drummle, whom I held in contempt.
  • "It is quite true," she replied, referring to him with the indifference of utter contempt.
  • The bill paid, and the waiter remembered, and the ostler not forgotten, and the chambermaid taken into consideration,—in a word, the whole house bribed into a state of contempt and animosity, and Estella’s purse much lightened,—we got into our post-coach and drove away.

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  • As to you," Joe pursued with a countenance expressive of seeing something very nasty indeed, "if you could have been aware how small and flabby and mean you was, dear me, you’d have formed the most contemptible opinion of yourself!"
  • "A Custum ’Us officer knows what to do with his Buttons," said the Jack, repeating the obnoxious word with the greatest contempt, "when they comes betwixt him and his own light.

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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
as in: held in contempt of court Define
the crime of willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
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