adjective \kən-ˈtem(p)-tə-bəl\

: not worthy of respect or approval : deserving contempt

Full Definition of CONTEMPTIBLE

:  worthy of contempt
obsolete :  scornful, contemptuous
con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty \-ˌtem(p)-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
con·tempt·ible·ness noun
con·tempt·ibly \-ˈtem(p)-tə-blē\ adverb


  1. I've never met a more selfish, contemptible person.
  2. <the contemptible thieves who stole the Christmas gifts intended for needy children>

First Known Use of CONTEMPTIBLE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of CONTEMPTIBLE

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values <a contemptible liar>. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation <a despicable crime>. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity <a pitiable attempt at tragedy>. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness <this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car>. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust <a scurvy crew of hangers-on>.


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