Definition of beneath contempt in US English:

beneath contempt


  • Utterly worthless or despicable.

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