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Manifesting or feeling contempt; scornful.

con·temp′tu·ous·ly adv.
con·temp′tu·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.contemptuousness - the manifestation of scorn and contempt; "every subordinate sensed his contemptuousness and hated him in return"
arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
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I do not know what another person would have done, but at this point I gave up; that cast-iron indifference, that tranquil contemptuousness, conquered me, and I struck my colors.
Benjamin, finding that his threats and his struggles were useless, had good sense enough to learn patience from the resigned manner of his companion, and soon settled himself down by the side of Natty, with a contemptuousness expressed in his hard features, that showed he had substituted disgust for rage.
Her quiet coldness of demeanour he interpreted into contemptuousness.
The success of the metaphor has given Rahul an easy, smiling contemptuousness.
The NCP regime is renowned for racism, contemptuousness to others , injustice, corruption, hypocrisy and seeks spread of sedition and the application of the principle of divide, conquer and rule and to putting a wedge among the trial groups in the society and the fragmentation of the social fabric in both rural and urban areas of the Sudanese homeland.
Fobbit makes clear that this tradition of contemptuousness for a bloated, chair-borne headquarters staff continues unabated into present day.