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contempt
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David Copperfield
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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • The otherwise immovable Miss Murdstone laughed contemptuously in one short syllable.

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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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  • ’Ba—a—ah!’ said my aunt, with a perfect shake on the contemptuous interjection.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • He blew a slight, contemptuous breath, as if he blew himself away.
  • 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.
  • ’Did I tell you not to speak to me?’ she said, with stern contempt.
  • ’So!’ said Rosa Dartle, with a contemptuous laugh, ’I see her at last!
  • His supreme contempt for his own limbs, as he sat smoking, was one of the pleasantest oddities I have ever encountered.
  • 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.

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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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