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contempt
used in The Poisonwood Bible

5 uses
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1  —1 use 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
  • In Georgia I'd seen people angered by my father before, or intimidated, but not contemptuous.
    Book 1 — Genesis (45% in)
contemptuous = showing a lack of respect
There are no more uses of "contempt" flagged with this meaning in The Poisonwood Bible.

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?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • He was startled to see a white woman, and couldn't decide whether to be deferential or contemptuous, so he alternated.
    Book 5 — Exodus (71% in)
  • As much as she held me in contempt, she may never have had any real inkling of my true helplessness.
    Book 2 — Revelation (9% in)
  • I think he was well inclined toward stubbornness, and contemptuous of failure, long before his conscription into the war and the strange circumstances that discharged him from it.
    Book 2 — Revelation (11% in)
  • Drawing nearer they would always stare at Anatole as contempt gave way to bald shock.
    Book 5 — Exodus (70% in)

There are no more uses of "contempt" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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