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contempt
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • In those earlier days she had always nourished a secret contempt for girls who were the slaves of the first good-looking young fellow who should choose to salute them.
  • The disturbance was as the first floating weed to Columbus—the contemptibly little suggesting possibilities of the infinitely great.

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  • He liked saying "Bathsheba" as a private enjoyment instead of whistling; turned over his taste to black hair, though he had sworn by brown ever since he was a boy, isolated himself till the space he filled in the public eye was contemptibly small.
  • "What, did you think I should break in?" said Boldwood, contemptuously.
  • "Anyhow I won’t have it," said Troy, contemptuously.
  • "Pooh!" said the sergeant contemptuously, and raised his voice as if lighted up by a new idea.

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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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  • Bathsheba demurely regarded a contemptible straw lying upon the ground, in a way which suggested less ovine criticism than womanly embarrassment.
  • I should be very contemptible to indulge in such a thought.

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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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