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contempt
used in Atlas Shrugged

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1  —19 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Definition
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
  • He laughed in their faces, with bitterly incredulous contempt,
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (19% in)
contempt = disrespect
  • "Don't show that you're scared, Jim," she said contemptuously.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (83% in)
  • She had shrugged, contemptuously amused; if it served his purpose, whatever that was, to appropriate her achievements, then, for his own advantage, if for no other reason, he would leave her free to achieve, from now on.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (51% in)
  • She was talking to a couple of helpless young men, her face contemptuously empty.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (39% in)
  • "Plot is a primitive vulgarity in literature," said Balph Eubank contemptuously.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (22% in)
  • Rearden chuckled, gaily, contemptuously.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (31% in)
  • He glanced through the clipping, smiled contemptuously and tossed it aside with a gesture of distaste.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (47% in)
  • Pat Logan, the engineer, a short, sinewy man with graying hair and a contemptuously inscrutable face, posed in a manner of amused indifference.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (57% in)
  • Don't cross that bridge till I come to it," Pat Logan answered contemptuously.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (58% in)
  • "Public relations?" he said contemptuously.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (22% in)
  • She saw the anger in his face-the rebellion against pity-the look of saying to her contemptuously that he had betrayed no torture and needed no help-then the look of the realization that she knew his face as thoroughly as he knew hers-he closed his eyes, he inclined his head a little, and he said very quietly, "Thank you."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (57% in)
  • Rearden smiled contemptuously, "Aren't you one of those damn altruists who spends his time on a non-profit venture and risks his life merely to serve others?
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (34% in)
  • She swung her cane and tossed it contemptuously into the car.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (16% in)
  • ...ability to recognize it, they had the eager curiosity that would venture anywhere with the certainty that life held nothing unworthy of or closed to discovery, and they looked as if, should they encounter malevolence, they would reject it contemptuously, not as dangerous, but as stupid, they would not accept it in bruised resignation as the law of existence, "They represent my particular career, Miss Taggart," said the young mother in answer to her comment, wrapping a loaf of fresh...
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (52% in)
  • He waved contemptuously at the dusty horizon of an empty prairie and at the three wooden grandstands.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (2% in)
  • Thanks, bud. said the beggar contemptuously, and walked away.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (0% in)
  • "Come in, Jim," she said, turning contemptuously, walking into the living room.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (0% in)
  • Two husky men walked by his sides; they were from the department of Morale Conditioning, but did not trouble to hide what method of conditioning they would welcome a chance to employ, "Just remember Mr. Thompson's orders," one of them told him contemptuously.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (83% in)
  • Dr. Stadler ordered contemptuously.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (12% in)

There are no more uses of "contempt" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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  • The contempt in Taggart's voice sounded abnormally stressed, as if the sight of someone's greater fear were tempting him to defy his own.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (65% in)
  • Rearden felt contempt for groups of that kind and saw no reason for a closer inquiry into their nature.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (89% in)
  • But an almost unendurable contempt made him close his eyes, instead.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (98% in)
  • When called upon, he moved with contemptuous slowness.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (24% in)
  • Through the years of her childhood, Dagny lived in the future-in the world she expected to find, where she would not have to feel contempt or boredom.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (6% in)
  • Jim's smile had a touch of triumph, the triumph of finding cause to feel contempt.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (9% in)
  • Days later, sitting at her desk at Rockdale Station, feeling lightheartedly at home, Dagny thought of the party and shrugged in contemptuous reproach at her own disappointment.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (41% in)
  • Approaching Lillian once more, Rearden said without anger, the contempt becoming amusement in his voice, "I didn't know you knew that one.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (40% in)
  • There had been a faint tone of amusement in Rearden's voice; now it hardened into a hint of contempt.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (55% in)
  • Rearden asked sharply, as if the contempt of the second question could erase the confidence of the first.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (59% in)
  • The contempt in Rearden's voice had a note of relief; he had been disarmed by a doubt of his judgment on the character of his adversary; now he felt certain once more.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (60% in)
  • I've damned you for those mines, I've denounced you, I've thrown my contempt at you in every way possible, and now I come back to you-for money.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (68% in)
  • She thought: You're tired-and watched her own mood with severe, contemptuous detachment, knowing that it would pass.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (7% in)
  • He turned the light on again, with a single, contemptuous jerk of his wrist.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (98% in)
  • He stood looking down at her naked body, he leaned over, she heard his voice-it was more a statement of contemptuous triumph than a question: "You want it?"
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (99% in)
  • He said: "What I feel for you is contempt.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (3% in)
  • But it's nothing, compared to the contempt I feel for myself.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (3% in)
  • He kept seeing the eyes of the men of the Board when they spoke about his greatness: a sly, filmy look that held contempt for him and, more terrifyingly, for themselves.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (11% in)
  • Then he shrugged and waved his hand in a gesture of contempt.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (33% in)
  • There was the faint suggestion of a contemptuous smile in his face, at once admitting and mocking his knowledge of her hours of impatience and his own.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (38% in)
  • He looked at her as if the question were a sight visualized in every detail, a sight he loathed, but would not abandon; she heard the contempt in his voice, the hatred, the suffering-and an odd eagerness that did not pertain to torture; he had asked the question, holding her body tight against him.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (42% in)
  • I know that you feel contempt for the plumbing pipes.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (37% in)
  • Your contempt means nothing to me.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (37% in)
  • ...him and he would never have the right to leavethe thought that he owed her at least the feeble recognition of sympathy, of respect for a feeling he could neither understand nor returnthe knowledge that he could summon nothing for her, except contempt, a strange, total, unreasoning contempt, impervious to pity, to reproach, to his own pleas for justice-and, hardest to bear, the proud revulsion against his own verdict, against his demand that he consider himself lower than this woman he...
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (38% in)
  • ...would never have the right to leavethe thought that he owed her at least the feeble recognition of sympathy, of respect for a feeling he could neither understand nor returnthe knowledge that he could summon nothing for her, except contempt, a strange, total, unreasoning contempt, impervious to pity, to reproach, to his own pleas for justice-and, hardest to bear, the proud revulsion against his own verdict, against his demand that he consider himself lower than this woman he despised.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (38% in)
  • He was so tired of all those people, he thought in contemptuous bitterness; he dealt with cosmic rays, while they were unable to deal with an electric storm.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (3% in)
  • Dr. Stadler reached over and made the book slide from the corner to the center of his desk, with a contemptuous flick of one hand.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (16% in)
  • The fourth, who was the youngest, had looked at her silently for a moment and the lines of his face had slithered from blankness into a suggestion of contempt.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (38% in)
  • I fully realize your contempt for that branch of science.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (41% in)
  • He tossed the manuscript down on the desk with a casual, contemptuous movement of his wrist.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (46% in)
  • A strange sense, which was almost a sense of style, made Rearden feel contempt for the boy, but no resentment.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (61% in)
  • Years ago, he had wondered with contemptuous incredulity about the fanatical sects that appeared among men in the dark corners of history, the sects who believed that man was trapped in a malevolent universe ruled by evil for the sole purpose of his torture.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (89% in)
  • He felt the tight, contemptuous movement of his lips pressed together in token of the words he cried to himself: You made a contract once, now stick to it.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (45% in)
  • He looked straight at her for the first time, his eyes narrowed, his face relaxed to the same half-smile as hers, suggesting the expression which, for both of them, meant that they felt at home with each other: an expression of contempt.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (47% in)
  • The great man who was so contemptuous-in business-of weaklings who trimmed corners or fell by the wayside, because they couldn't match his strength of character and steadfastness of purpose!
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (17% in)
  • I want you to look at me whenever you hear of some act of depravity, or feel anger at human corruption, or feel contempt for someone's knavery, or are the victim of a new governmental extortion-to look and to know that you're no better, that you're superior to no one, that there's nothing you have the right to condemn.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (21% in)
  • His manner was that of dealing with the normal and the natural, it suggested a sense of safety, it held no tone of condemnation, but a hint of comradeship, a comradeship based-for both of them-on self-contempt.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (32% in)
  • What Dr. Ferris was seeing in Rearden's face was the look of luminous serenity that comes from the sudden answer to an old, dark problem, a look of relaxation and eagerness together; there was a youthful clarity in Rearden's eyes and the faintest touch of contempt in the line of his mouth.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (37% in)
  • Who made it our duty to accept, as the only reward for our work, the gray torture of pretending love for those who roused us to nothing but contempt?
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (67% in)
  • But the wonder was swallowed by the sight of the college boy's face, which he could not bear to see, by a wave of contempt, by the wordless thought that if this was the enemy, there was nothing to fear.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (95% in)
  • She wanted to injure him by her contempt-but he could not be injured, unless he respected her judgment.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (11% in)
  • He noted, in weary contempt, that the three at the table remained silent.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (26% in)
  • God help them all-he thought, driving through the dark streets of a small town, borrowing, in contemptuous pity, the words of their belief which he had never shared.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (32% in)
  • You'd be incapable of self-contempt.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (86% in)
  • He will not acknowledge his need of self-esteem, since he scoffs at such a concept as moral values; yet he feels the profound self-contempt which comes from believing that he is a piece of meat.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (88% in)
  • Dagny's mouth showed a faint line of astonishment and of contempt.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (89% in)
  • For almost two decades, that emotion had been buried under a mount of wreckage, as the years had added layer upon gray layer of contempt, of indignation, of his struggle not to look around him, not to see those he dealt with, not to expect anything from men and to keep, as a private vision within the four walls of his office, the sense of that world into which he had hoped to rise.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (29% in)
  • Slowly, patiently, with contemptuous politeness, the conductor gave him an exact account of the situation.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (62% in)
  • Now, he felt a contemptuous indifference and no desire to save them.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (93% in)
  • She felt no pity for the stranger, only a contemptuous impatience; she had to fight him and destroy him, then her way would be clear to decide what she wished to do; but the stranger was not easy to fight.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (2% in)
  • In the city, she had lived in chronic tension to withstand the shock of anger, indignation, disgust, contempt.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (3% in)
  • She had always wondered, in incredulous contempt, about the sects that preached the annihilation of the universe as the ideal to be attained.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (67% in)
  • They seemed to say that they owed me nothing, that their deafness had provided me with a moral goal, that it had been my duty to struggle, to suffer, to bear-for their sake-whatever sneers, contempt, injustice, torture they chose to inflict upon me, to bear it in order to teach them to enjoy my work, that this was their rightful due and my proper purpose.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (84% in)
  • She heard Francisco's contemptuous chuckle and the rush of his steps, she saw her door flung open, and she noticed dimly that it was Galt who closed it, leaving them alone.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (19% in)
  • But Galt understood; he glanced at her and the glance was part amusement, part contemptuous reproach.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (72% in)
  • The figure now slouching against the sky on the speakers platform, coiling itself about the microphone, talking in the bored, contemptuous tone of an off-color story, was Dr. Simon Pritchett.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (24% in)
  • He was looking at Jim with bored contempt.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (57% in)
  • With an awed contempt-awed by the enormity of the sight-she wondered what inner degradation those men had to reach in order to arrive at a level of self-deception where they would seek the extorted approval of an unwilling victim as the moral sanction they needed, they who thought that they were merely deceiving the world.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (63% in)
  • It was not-as it is for most of youan act of casual indulgence and mutual contempt.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (78% in)
  • The taxi driver gave a brief, contemptuous chuckle-and snapped the radio off.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (81% in)
  • He was shocked to see that she smiled-a smile of so fiercely bitter a contempt that it seemed incredible on her gently patient face; she was not looking at him, but at some image of her own.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (21% in)
  • He burst out laughing; she was unable to believe that the laughter had a sound of malicious contempt.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (23% in)
  • He would not explain-almost as if the fact of his contempt were sufficient and required no reasons.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (23% in)
  • But he raised his head to glance up at her face, and it seemed to her that the look she saw in his eyes was part-gratification, part-contempt-almost as if, by some unknown kind of sanction, she had absolved him and damned herself.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (35% in)
  • His lower lip swelled a little in a faint, contemptuous thrust.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (45% in)
  • She was looking at him, her eyes dark with an odd, lifeless stillness; when she spoke, the motion of her lips was twisted by so evil a contempt that he did not dare identify it beyond knowing that it embraced them both; she said, "I know that you'd like to do it.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (74% in)
  • "Yes," she said, with the same darkness of contempt in her eyes, "both of us."
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (75% in)
  • It was the contempt that pleased him; it was the strange, heedless, unfamiliar pleasure of knowing that this woman saw him as he was, yet remained held by his presence, remained and leaned back in her chair, as if declaring her bondage.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (75% in)
  • She stood, in unexacting stupor, until she heard the muffled drawl of two voices behind the door of Jim's bedroom; she could not distinguish the words, only the quality of the sounds: Jim's voice had a tone of irritation, the woman's-of contempt.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (83% in)
  • He spoke little, but when he did, it was to snap decisively, with a contemptuous grin, "Pipe down, Jimmy!" or, "Nuts, Wes, you're talking through your hat!"
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (70% in)
  • She had not known that a face could age so greatly within the brief space of one year: the look of timeless energy, of boyish eagerness, was gone, and nothing remained of the face except the lines of contemptuous bitterness.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (8% in)
  • Mr. Thompson was pacing among the groups, snapping at random bystanders, in the restless manner of a man of action who feels contempt for the duty of making speeches.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (9% in)
  • ...metal, so you do not value a rotter above a hero-that your moral appraisal is the coin paying men for their virtues or vices, and this payment demands of you as scrupulous an honor as you bring to financial transactions-that to withhold your contempt from men's vices is an act of moral counterfeiting, and to withhold your admiration from their virtues is an act of moral embezzlement-that to place any other concern higher than justice is to devaluate your moral currency and defraud the...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (27% in)
  • ...desires the best in all things, in values of matter and spirit, a soul that seeks above all else to achieve its own moral perfection, valuing nothing higher than itself-and that the proof of an achieved self-esteem is your soul's shudder of contempt and rebellion against the role of a sacrificial animal, against the vile impertinence of any creed that proposes to immolate the irreplaceable value which is your consciousness and the incomparable glory which is your existence to the blind...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (29% in)
  • The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages, reviled the traders and held them in contempt, while honoring the beggars and the looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is the entity they dread-a man of justice.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (31% in)
  • The thin tremor that ran along Mr. Thompson's lips was a smile of contempt.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (9% in)
  • It was his tone of overbearing authority, his contempt and their own panic-the blind panic of men of unbridled violence, who have no standards of safety or danger-that made them waver and wonder whether he was, perhaps, some secret top-level member of their leadership; they were equally ready to defy or to obey any authority.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (20% in)
  • The mechanic was staring at Galt; he was holding Galt's glance-and even he was able to recognize the nature of the sparkle in the dark green eyes; it was a sparkle of contemptuous mockery.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (89% in)
  • His look of accusation, as he whirled to Rearden, broke against the faintly contemptuous reproof of Rearden's voice: "That's no way to guard a building-if this is what you allowed to happen.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (19% in)

There are no more uses of "contempt" in Atlas Shrugged.

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