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contempt
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The Great Gatsby
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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • ...since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them,
  • "You live in West Egg," she remarked contemptuously.

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  • "Oxford, New Mexico," snorted Tom contemptuously, "or something like that."

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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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unspecified meaning
  • There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked — and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts.
  • I knew now why her face was familiar — its pleasing contemptuous expression had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life at Asheville and Hot Springs and Palm Beach.

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  • I was on my way to get roaring drunk from sheer embarrassment when Jordan Baker came out of the house and stood at the head of the marble steps, leaning a little backward and looking with contemptuous interest down into the garden.
  • He looked — and this is said in all contempt for the babbled slander of his garden — as if he had "killed a man."

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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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