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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man’s heart,
  • Raskolnikov put in again, still addressing Nikodim Fomitch, but trying his best to address Ilya Petrovitch also, though the latter persistently appeared to be rummaging among his papers and to be contemptuously oblivious of him.

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  • Raskolnikov fancied that the head clerk treated him more casually and contemptuously after his speech, but strange to say he suddenly felt completely indifferent to anyone’s opinion, and this revulsion took place in a flash, in one instant.
  • "He won’t be worth much if he does," answered Dounia, sharply and contemptuously.
  • "Quite possibly," Raskolnikov answered contemptuously.
  • Raskolnikov looked haughtily and contemptuously at him.
  • Luzhin smiled contemptuously and did not speak.
  • "Ach, Sonia!" he cried irritably and seemed about to make some retort, but was contemptuously silent.
  • Then all of a sudden she would be disillusioned and would rudely and contemptuously repulse the person she had only a few hours before been literally adoring.
  • Katerina Ivanovna observed contemptuously that all knew what her family was and that on that very certificate of honour it was stated in print that her father was a colonel, while Amalia Ivanovna’s father—if she really had one—was probably some Finnish milkman, but that probably she never had a father at all, since it was still uncertain whether her name was Amalia Ivanovna or Amalia Ludwigovna.

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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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  • The gentleman heard him, and seemed about to fly into a rage again, but thought better of it, and confined himself to a contemptuous look.
  • Here his rags did not attract contemptuous attention, and one could walk about in any attire without scandalising people.

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  • And I accept it all, not with contempt, but with humility.
  • And he cast a contemptuous glance at Raskolnikov.
  • Would you believe that the crazy fellow had conceived a passion for Dounia from the beginning, but had concealed it under a show of rudeness and contempt.
  • And what if there can be no respect either, if on the contrary there is aversion, contempt, repulsion, what then?
  • "Well!" ejaculated the policeman, with a gesture of contempt, and he walked after the dandy and the girl, probably taking Raskolnikov for a madman or something even worse.
  • For a whole month the town was full of gossip about this scandal, and it came to such a pass that Dounia and I dared not even go to church on account of the contemptuous looks, whispers, and even remarks made aloud about us.
  • There is one expression in the letter, one slander about me, and rather a contemptible one.
  • "And Pyotr Petrovitch is a contemptible slanderer," Dounia snapped out, suddenly.

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  • "If I did I certainly should not tell you," Raskolnikov answered with defiant and haughty contempt.
  • His malice was aimed at himself; with shame and contempt he recollected his "cowardice."
  • At the other persons in the room, including the tavern-keeper, the clerk looked as though he were used to their company, and weary of it, showing a shade of condescending contempt for them as persons of station and culture inferior to his own, with whom it would be useless for him to converse.
  • There’s only one thing I can’t understand: what made him risk such a contemptible action.
  • They are worrying and persecuting you through a stupid and contemptible suspicion….
  • These young men are contemptible on that point.
  • I am a contemptible person, Dounia.
  • A contemptible person, but ready to face suffering!
  • It’s simply because I am contemptible and have nothing in me that I have decided to, perhaps too for my advantage, as that….
  • I couldn’t carry out even the first step, because I am contemptible, that’s what’s the matter!
  • Oh, I knew I was contemptible when I stood looking at the Neva at daybreak to-day!
  • I am a beggarly contemptible wretch, contemptible!
  • I am a beggarly contemptible wretch, contemptible!
  • She knew that she, Sonia, was the chief reason for the ’genteel’ ladies’ contemptuous treatment of Katerina Ivanovna’s invitation.
  • She was struck too by the businesslike, dry and even contemptuous menacing tone of Pyotr Petrovitch.
  • And yet he was ashamed even before Sonia, whom he tortured because of it with his contemptuous rough manner.
  • Seeing a fact which you mistakenly consider deserving of contempt, you refuse to take a humane view of a fellow creature.
  • Raskolnikov whispered with loathing and contempt, as though he did not want to speak aloud.
  • Andrey Semyonovitch who hardly ever had any money walked about the room pretending to himself to look at all those bank notes with indifference and even contempt.
  • He glanced timidly at Avdotya Romanovna, but her proud countenance wore at that moment an expression of such gratitude and friendliness, such complete and unlooked-for respect (in place of the sneering looks and ill-disguised contempt he had expected), that it threw him into greater confusion than if he had been met with abuse.
  • He at once wrote a note to my mother and informed her that I had given away all my money, not to Katerina Ivanovna but to Sofya Semyonovna, and referred in a most contemptible way to the…. character of Sofya Semyonovna, that is, hinted at the character of my attitude to Sofya Semyonovna.
  • Katerina Ivanovna rose from her chair, and with a stern and apparently calm voice (though she was pale and her chest was heaving) observed that "if she dared for one moment to set her contemptible wretch of a father on a level with her papa, she, Katerina Ivanovna, would tear her cap off her head and trample it under foot."
  • It is very probable, too, that Katerina Ivanovna longed on this occasion, at the moment when she seemed to be abandoned by everyone, to show those "wretched contemptible lodgers" that she knew "how to do things, how to entertain" and that she had been brought up "in a genteel, she might almost say aristocratic colonel’s family" and had not been meant for sweeping floors and washing the children’s rags at night.
  • Probably "taking his cue" from Luzhin, "that contemptible wretch Lebeziatnikov had not turned up either.

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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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