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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
The poet's tone in this stanza reflects encouragement and concern rather than the contemptuousness prevalent in stanza 23.