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contemptible

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adjective con·tempt·ible \kən-ˈtem(p)-tə-bəl\

Simple Definition of contemptible

  • : not worthy of respect or approval : deserving contempt

Full Definition of contemptible

  1. 1 :  worthy of contempt

  2. 2 obsolete :  scornful, contemptuous

con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty play \-ˌtem(p)-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
con·tempt·ible·ness noun
con·tempt·ibly play \-ˈtem(p)-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of contemptible

  1. I've never met a more selfish, contemptible person.

  2. <the contemptible thieves who stole the Christmas gifts intended for needy children>



14th Century

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>.

CONTEMPTIBLE Defined for Kids

contemptible

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adjective con·tempt·ible \kən-ˈtemp-tə-bəl\

Definition of contemptible

  1. :  deserving or causing a person to be despised <a contemptible criminal> <a contemptible lie>





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