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as in: feels contempt towards him Define
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • Now he was gone and she was married to a man she not only did not love but for whom she had an active contempt.
  • "They would," said Scarlett contemptuously.

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  • she thought contemptuously, as she stepped to the ground and smiled her thanks to John Wilkes.
  • "I’m as bad as Honey Wilkes," she thought suddenly, and remembered how everyone, and she more than anyone else, had laughed contemptuously at Honey’s forward conduct.
  • Had any other man spoken so, Scarlett would have dismissed such protestations contemptuously as mock modesty and a bid for praise.
  • Scarlett thought grimly: "She’s even approved of murder," and she laughed contemptuously.
  • "I said some terrible things to him that night when he deserted us on the road, but I can make him forget them," she thought contemptuously, still sure of her power to charm.
  • "Shanty Irish on the make," Frank had contemptuously called him, but for that very reason Scarlett valued him.

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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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  • Casting contemptuous glances at them, Scarlett thought that they looked like a clump of fat crows.
  • There was frank contempt in Jeems’ voice.

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  • Scarlett recalled with contempt Melanie’s thin childish figure, her serious heart-shaped face that was plain almost to homeliness.
  • He hated their cool courtesy to him and their contempt for his social status, so inadequately covered by their courtesy.
  • Scarlett, looking at him with the affectionate contempt that mothers feel for small swaggering sons, knew that he would be very drunk by sundown.
  • There was contempt in his manner as in his eyes, contempt overlaid with an air of courtesy that somehow burlesqued their own manners.
  • There was contempt in his manner as in his eyes, contempt overlaid with an air of courtesy that somehow burlesqued their own manners.
  • It was almost as if he overdid his courtesy because his contempt for everybody present was so great.
  • She could be sorry for Melanie now, sorry with a faint contempt for her blindness, her stupidity.
  • It was as though he bore an impersonal contempt for everyone and everything in the South, the Confederacy in particular, and took no pains to conceal it.

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  • The red lips under the close-clipped black mustache curled down and there was a glint of amused contempt in his black eyes—contempt, as if he listened to the braggings of children.
  • The red lips under the close-clipped black mustache curled down and there was a glint of amused contempt in his black eyes—contempt, as if he listened to the braggings of children.
  • How contemptible he had been!
  • However, remembering her plan, Scarlett smothered her contempt and cast such a flashing smile of greeting at him that he stopped short, his arm outheld to Suellen and goggled at Scarlett in pleased bewilderment.
  • His clear hand, his accurate figures and his shrewd ability in bargaining won their respect, where a knowledge of literature and a fine appreciation of music, had young Gerald possessed them, would have moved them to snorts of contempt.
  • To Scarlett, he seemed as exhilarated and contemptuous as if he got strong pleasure from the situation, as if he welcomed the inferno they were approaching.
  • She could only stare over the banisters at him and watch his face change from harsh tenseness to a half-contemptuous, half-ingratiating smile.
  • He felt that everyone disapproved of Scarlett and was contemptuous of him for permitting her to "unsex herself."
  • Heretofore she had been careless of public opinion, careless and a little contemptuous.
  • With a thrill she looked up at the frail swaying girl for whom she had never had any feelings but of dislike and contempt.
  • "She really must care about him," thought Scarlett in contempt.
  • "Wife?" said Scarlett and burst into a laugh that was cutting with contempt.
  • She’d have to put ruffles in her bosom to make them look larger and she had always had contempt for girls who resorted to such subterfuges.
  • Scarlett, watching the flying fingers, heard the laughter and looked at them all with concealed bitterness and contempt.
  • Scarlett was recalling with contempt the terror which had ridden her that day.
  • But she never even gave them a glance of contempt.
  • At first the other dealers had laughed at her, laughed with goodnatured contempt at the very idea of a woman in business.
  • Assisting her in this was the fact that they aroused her contempt more than her anger.
  • Scarlett swallowed the insult to Atlanta with the contempt it deserved and smiled her best.
  • She had listened with calm contempt while these women had underrated the Confederate Army, blackguarded Jeff Davis and accused Southerners of murder and torture of their slaves.
  • Most of all Frank had contempt for him for holding on to the Confederate gold, when honest men like Admiral Bulloch and others confronted with the same situation had turned back thousands to the Federal treasury.
  • "Guinea hens," said Archie suddenly and his voice was contemptuous.
  • All the other men she had known she could dismiss with a half-contemptuous "What a child!"
  • He went his way, amused, contemptuous, impervious to the opinions of those about him, so courteous that his courtesy was an affront in itself.
  • Was he contemptuous of her too?
  • For a moment the balance hung between the honest affection everyone had for Will and their contempt for Suellen.
  • There was contempt in his one eye, not a personal contempt for her, but for her whole sex.
  • There was contempt in his one eye, not a personal contempt for her, but for her whole sex.
  • Yes, and a little contempt.
  • And I have a contempt for him because he doesn’t know what to do with himself now that his world is gone.
  • Certainly he disliked him, certainly he professed a contempt for him.
  • They had squirmed too long beneath Southern coldness and contempt and now they exploded with hilarity.
  • Where he got this idea, Scarlett did not know but she dismissed it with the contempt it deserved.
  • She had a contempt for these people but she enjoyed them.
  • And even in Melanie’s house, he stared at her with suspicion and cold contempt.
  • Some of Rhett’s taunting words of contempt came back to her and she wondered if indeed Ashley had played the manly part in this mess.
  • As he came toward her, she saw that there was grief in his eyes and also dislike and contempt that flooded her frightened heart with guilt.
  • Whenever she felt these two emotions for anyone, they went hand in hand with contempt.
  • I mustn’t do anything to risk his contempt.
  • Whenever Ashley looked into India’s eyes, he would see the truth shining there, truth and reproach and the cold contempt of which the Wilkeses were masters.
  • It discomforted her because it was a long, measuring glance that carried in its cold depths something stronger than hate, something more insulting than contempt.
  • Now, swell up like a gobbler and tell me that he is worth a thousand blackguards like me and that I shouldn’t dare to be so presumptuous as to feel either pity or contempt for him.
  • There was much about the South—and Southerners—that he would never comprehend: but, with the wholeheartedness that was his nature, he adopted its ideas and customs, as he understood them, for his own—poker and horse racing, red-hot politics and the code duello, States’ Rights and damnation to all Yankees, slavery and King Cotton, contempt for white trash and exaggerated courtesy to women.
  • It was the first time in her life she had been sorry for anyone without feeling contemptuous as well, because it was the first time she had ever approached understanding any other human being.
  • He stood silent before her, clutching the glove as though it were an understanding hand and, in the stillness that followed her words, her indignation fell away and pity, tinged with contempt, took its place.
  • Under her roof the old days seemed to come back again and people took heart and felt even more contemptuous of the tide of wild life and high living that was sweeping the Carpetbaggers and newly rich Republicans along.
  • He’s a gentleman," said Rhett, and Scarlett wondered how it was possible to convey such cynicism and contempt in that one honorable word.
  • Could Archie—" He drove them all, maids, matrons and widows, and toward all he evidenced the same uncompromising contempt.
  • Some were sad and silent, others gay and contemptuous of hardships, but the thought that it was all over and they were going home was the one thing that sustained them.
  • And because of her contempt, she told them to go to hell as often as they annoyed her.
  • Slattery hated his neighbors with what little energy he possessed, sensing their contempt beneath their courtesy, and especially did he hate "rich folks’ uppity niggers.

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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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