One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Utterly worthless or despicable.
contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible, abhorrent, abominable, awful, heinous, beyond the paleView synonyms
- ‘But he's unworthy of mention; beneath contempt.’
- ‘The idea that women could not be priests, for instance, she treated as beneath contempt, not even worth discussing.’
- ‘He said: ‘Stealing from a dying woman is beneath contempt.’’
- ‘I hope he is caught and comes to realise that his behaviour is beneath contempt.’
- ‘These people are beneath contempt and must be brought to justice.’
- ‘Any journalist, politician, general, writer, political operative or other so called public intellectual who can cling to such a statement is, equally, beneath contempt.’
- ‘The failure of these states to honor their commitments is beneath contempt.’
- ‘Apparently, she thinks it's beneath contempt for politicians to ‘use’ their personal tragedies while campaigning.’
- ‘It is clear why these philosophers regarded Galileo's science as beneath contempt: to them it appeared pitifully trivial and inadequate.’
- ‘Considered so politically incorrect as to be beneath contempt.’
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