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contempt
as in:  feels contempt towards him


Familiarity breeds contempt.
  lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Often seen in the form, contemptible, meaning "not worthy of respect".

A famous saying, "familiarity breeds contempt" comes from Aesop’s fable, "The Fox and the Lion".  (6th century BC)

When first the Fox saw the Lion he was terribly frightened, and ran away and hid himself in the wood. Next time however he came near the King of Beasts he stopped at a safe distance and watched him pass by. The third time they came near one another the Fox went straight up to the Lion and passed the time of day with him, asking him how his family were, and when he should have the pleasure of seeing him again; then turning his tail, he parted from the Lion without much ceremony.

The moral is traditionally, "Familiarity breeds contempt"; though an alternative moral is "Acquaintance softens prejudices. "
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  • Familiarity breeds contempt.
  • He was impolite. She pretended not to notice except that she treated him with contempt.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
    Mark Twain
  • The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
    Samuel Butler

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  • He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.
    W. Somerset Maugham
  • Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.
    Berthold Auerbach
  • To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.
    Albert Einstein
  • He would have them know this country was at war, that while our boys—our brothers and sons—were fighting and dying for us, someone directed an obscene act of defilement at them, an act the perpetrator of which was beneath contempt.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He rests his eyes on mine and the look of contempt from inside the store is now replaced with a crooked grin that seems a bit forced in our current predicament.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • He must know that mentioning Thomas was a bad decision—even I heard the contempt and suspicion in the guard’s voice as he pronounced the name.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • He treated all the witnesses with paramount consideration, though I thought he treated all the lawyers in the court with a visible contempt.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This soldier was particularly contemptuous of the self-styled Carolina aristocracy that "can talk of nothing but the purity of blood of themselves & their ancestors…."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Right at the university, he said, seeds were being planted of a contempt for human life such as the world had never seen.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I remembered the look of contempt and irritation Indar had given me.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • To me their contempt is obvious, but Mr. Hrbik doesn’t notice.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Teach not thy lip such scorn; for it was made
    For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • If Gottman observes one or both partners in a marriage showing contempt toward the other, he considers it the single most important sign that the marriage is in trouble.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • It wasn’t that this veterinary didn’t like animals. I think he didn’t like himself, and when that is so the subject usually must find an area for dislike outside himself. Else he would have to admit his self-contempt.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • 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.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I intend to be a good mother, and to live in such a manner that people cannot treat me with contempt.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • His rage began to thin as he exaggerated more and more and spread his scorn and contempt so widely and unjustly that he could no longer believe in it himself.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • In the dark he hadn’t been able to see the contempt on my face, but he could hear it in my voice.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The boy did not answer. He gave a short contemptuous snort.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • In time, Enrique’s love turns to contempt.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • It was only a momentary glance, full of contempt and dislike.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The last time I saw him, he gave me a look of contempt,
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Now I see nothing but contempt in the glances of the Career Tributes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • "He’s too stupid, I couldn’t be bothered," answers Mittelstaedt contemptuously.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The young fellow had an amused contempt for Jurgis, as a sort of working mule;
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Jack settled the question for them with that contempt in his voice that could sound so funny and so final.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • He looks at me with contempt.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • So I am an object of pity and contempt,
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • ...his contempt for Parris is clear:
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • They could not understand, they said, how even animals could bring themselves to sing such contemptible rubbish.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • ...since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • They burst through the door and stood in front of the Aryan shopkeeper, who regarded them with contempt.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "Awright," she said contemptuously.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Contempt and beggary hangs upon thy back,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Marvin managed to convey his utter contempt and horror of all things human.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He looked down at me with a mixture of contempt and pity.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • And indeed he was possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life and shameful death.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • with contempt for them all
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Depend upon it, God Almighty will call them to account for such contempt.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Elizabeth was convinced that they held her in contempt for it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • In that conflict both sides would have held hobbits in hatred and contempt:
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • But when one group rules over the others for so long... There’s contempt. Rivalry.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I stare across my room at the rose wallpaper, the eyelet curtains, the yellowing photographs so familiar they are nearly contemptible.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • ...fixing me with a contemptuous gaze.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He had done nothing to deserve their contempt.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • said the Caterpillar contemptuously
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
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