Definition of contemptible in US English:



  • Deserving contempt; despicable.

    ‘a display of contemptible cowardice’
    • ‘SIR - People talk about contempt of court, but the truth is that courts themselves are contemptible by the silly sentences they hand out.’
    • ‘Sometimes left-wing commentary is just ignorant; other times it is deeply contemptible.’
    • ‘On at least three occasions the way you treated this girl was cowardly and contemptible.’
    • ‘Our proud ancestors repelled the invaders, but their contemptible descendants are sided with the invaders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he does, his failure to spell this out is contemptible.’
    • ‘Cynics have sneeringly dismissed the latter role as that of a messenger boy, as if there were something contemptible about messenger boys.’
    • ‘It can only be seen as a professor's contemptible effort to bully a student with whose politics he disagrees.’
    • ‘To mischaracterize and attack an organization whose sole mission is to end harassment is contemptible.’
    • ‘This does not rate a reply, it is so contemptible.’
    • ‘It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.’
    • ‘Back to the contemptible hive of infamy from which you came!’
    • ‘The practice of screaming ‘racist’ at those who disagree with you is contemptible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The criminals who prey on the elderly are the lowest of the low - contemptible cowards whose targets are the frail and solitary.’
    • ‘Though a rock star, he found most rock music contemptible and really wanted to be a jazz and symphonic composer.’
    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).