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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·temp·tu·ous /-ˈtɛm(p)ʧəwəs, ʧəs, ʃwəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·temp·tu·ous a.  Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; haughty; insolent; disdainful.
    A proud, contemptuous behavior.   --Hammond.
    Savage invective and contemptuous sarcasm.   --Macaulay.
    Rome . . . entertained the most contemptuous opinion of the Jews.   --Atterbury.
 Syn: -- Scornful; insolent; haughty; disdainful; supercilious; insulting; contumelious.
 Usage: -- Contemptuous, Contemptible. These words, from their similarity of sound, are sometimes erroneously interchanged, as when a person speaks of having “a very contemptible opinion of another.” Contemptible is applied to that which is the object of contempt; as, contemptible conduct; acontemptible fellow. Contemptuous is applied to that which indicates contempt; as, a contemptuous look; a contemptuous remark; contemptuous treatment. A person, or whatever is personal, as an action, an expression, a feeling, an opinion, may be either contemptuous or contemptible; a thing may be contemptible, but can not be contemptuous.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : expressing extreme contempt [syn: disdainful, insulting,