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contempt
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contempt
Used in
David Copperfield
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  • 'Baaah!' said my aunt, with a perfect shake on the contemptuous interjection.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Dick's nobody! Whoo!' He blew a slight, contemptuous breath, as if he blew himself away.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I knew from the first, that, if I could not do my work as well as any of the rest, I could not hold myself above slight and contempt.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I don't think I had any definite idea where Dora came from, or in what degree she was related to a higher order of beings; but I am quite sure I should have scouted the notion of her being simply human, like any other young lady, with indignation and contempt.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Oh, Emily! Unhappy beauty! What a picture rose before me of her sitting on the far-off shore, among the children like herself when she was innocent, listening to little voices such as might have called her Mother had she been a poor man's wife; and to the great voice of the sea, with its eternal 'Never more!' 'When it was clear that nothing could be done, Miss Dartle ' 'Did I tell you not to speak to me?' she said, with stern contempt.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • What's his limbs to that!' His supreme contempt for his own limbs, as he sat smoking, was one of the pleasantest oddities I have ever encountered.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'So!' said Rosa Dartle, with a contemptuous laugh, 'I see her at last! Why, he was a poor creature to be taken by that delicate mock-modesty, and that hanging head!' 'Oh, for Heaven's sake, spare me!' exclaimed Emily.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There is no doubt whatever that I was a lackadaisical young spooney; but there was a purity of heart in all this, that prevents my having quite a contemptuous recollection of it, let me laugh as I may.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Here,' she said, stretching out her hand with her contemptuous laugh, and looking down upon the prostrate girl, 'is a worthy cause of division between lady-mother and gentleman-son; of grief in a house where she wouldn't have been admitted as a kitchen-girl; of anger, and repining, and reproach.  (not reviewed by editor)

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