Showing scorn and disrespect toward (someone or something)
She did not sit down but looked at him with a contemptuous smile, waiting for the valet to go.
One of the audience, with a contemptuous remark, took a handful of pebbles to pelt him with.
In contemptuous condemnation he was called the friend of the outcasts (Matt.
There seems no reason to accept Gibbon's contemptuous estimate of their social position.
Enraged by Bonaparte's contemptuous refusal to encourage the return of "Louis XVIII."