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I came across this phrase "transparent contempt" a couple of times, but was unable to get the meaning from the context. I am not able to track down the source.

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It means an expression of contempt that is not at all concealed.

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+1; Also, other phrases with similar meanings include blatant contempt; overt contempt. –  MrHen Apr 11 '11 at 17:46

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