Definition of contemptible in English:



  • Deserving contempt; despicable.

    ‘a display of contemptible cowardice’
    • ‘Our proud ancestors repelled the invaders, but their contemptible descendants are sided with the invaders.’
    • ‘Though a rock star, he found most rock music contemptible and really wanted to be a jazz and symphonic composer.’
    • ‘Back to the contemptible hive of infamy from which you came!’
    • ‘If he does, his failure to spell this out is contemptible.’
    • ‘SIR - People talk about contempt of court, but the truth is that courts themselves are contemptible by the silly sentences they hand out.’
    • ‘Cynics have sneeringly dismissed the latter role as that of a messenger boy, as if there were something contemptible about messenger boys.’
    • ‘This does not rate a reply, it is so contemptible.’
    • ‘The practice of screaming ‘racist’ at those who disagree with you is contemptible.’
    • ‘The criminals who prey on the elderly are the lowest of the low - contemptible cowards whose targets are the frail and solitary.’
    • ‘Sometimes left-wing commentary is just ignorant; other times it is deeply contemptible.’
    • ‘It can only be seen as a professor's contemptible effort to bully a student with whose politics he disagrees.’
    • ‘This I find to be contemptible because it is the result of an activity dissimilar to smoking, but also because it implies that smoking in public should banned.’
    • ‘It is not possible to treat others with respect when we act in a way that says that who they are or what they believe makes them worthless or contemptible as human beings.’
    • ‘Instead we have a government that seems determined to be re-elected by scaremongering and it's utterly contemptible.’
    • ‘To mischaracterize and attack an organization whose sole mission is to end harassment is contemptible.’
    • ‘Either way, the two men represent all that is vile and contemptible about American politics.’
    • ‘Alas there is no reason why the most odious, contemptible people might not be able to make the sweetest, most wonderful creations.’
    • ‘On at least three occasions the way you treated this girl was cowardly and contemptible.’
    • ‘It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.’
    • ‘They fight to be true to themselves and good to others, and perhaps out of hatred for the sheer contemptible venality of capital's favorites.’
    despicable, detestable, hateful, reprehensible, deplorable, loathsome, odious, revolting, execrable, unspeakable, heinous, shocking, offensive
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin contemptibilis, from Latin contemnere (see contemn).