contemptible


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con·tempt·i·ble

 (kən-tĕmp′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Deserving of contempt; despicable.
2. Obsolete Contemptuous.

con·tempt′i·bil′i·ty, con·tempt′i·ble·ness n.
con·tempt′i·bly adv.

contemptible

(kənˈtɛmptəbəl)
adj
deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
conˌtemptiˈbility, conˈtemptibleness n
conˈtemptibly adv

con•tempt•i•ble

(kənˈtɛmp tə bəl)

adj.
1. deserving of or held in contempt.
2. Obs. contemptuous.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin]
con•tempt`i•bil′i•ty, con•tempt′i•ble•ness, n.
con•tempt′i•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
ignoble - completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
unworthy - lacking in value or merit; "dispel a student whose conduct is deemed unworthy"; "unworthy of forgiveness"
estimable - deserving of respect or high regard

contemptible

adjective despicable, mean, low, base, cheap, worthless, shameful, shabby, vile, degenerate, low-down (informal), paltry, pitiful, abject, ignominious, measly, scurvy, detestable Her husband is a contemptible little man. It was an utterly contemptible thing to do.
attractive, pleasant, admirable, honourable, laudable, praiseworthy

contemptible

adjective
Translations
خَسيس، جَدير بِالإزْدِراء
zavrženíhodný
foragteligussel
alhainenhalveksittava
megvetendő
fyrirlitlegur

contemptible

[kənˈtemptəbl] ADJdespreciable, desdeñable

contemptible

[kənˈtɛmptɪbəl] adjméprisable, vil(e)

contemptible

contemptible

[kənˈtɛmptəbl] adjvergognoso/a, spregevole

contempt

(kənˈtempt) noun
1. very low opinion; scorn. She spoke with utter contempt of her husband's behaviour.
2. disregard for the law.
conˈtemptible adjective
deserving contempt. His behaviour was contemptible.
conˈtemptibly adverb
conˈtemptuous (-tʃuəs) adjective
showing contempt. a contemptuous sneer.
conˈtemptuously adverb
References in classic literature ?
However, the king treated him with tenderness, as a well-meaning man, but of a low contemptible understanding.
It makes him contemptible to be considered fickle, frivolous, effeminate, mean-spirited, irresolute, from all of which a prince should guard himself as from a rock; and he should endeavour to show in his actions greatness, courage, gravity, and fortitude; and in his private dealings with his subjects let him show that his judgments are irrevocable, and maintain himself in such reputation that no one can hope either to deceive him or to get round him.
Nor is it to be doubted that as such a procedure can do no harm, it may possibly be of no contemptible advantage; considering that oil and water are hostile; that oil is a sliding thing, and that the object in view is to make the boat slide bravely.
But MY words are poor, contemptible, stammering words: gladly do I pick up what falleth from the table at your repasts.
It is very probable, too, that Katerina Ivanovna longed on this occasion, at the moment when she seemed to be abandoned by everyone, to show those "wretched contemptible lodgers" that she knew "how to do things, how to entertain" and that she had been brought up "in a genteel, she might almost say aristocratic colonel's family" and had not been meant for sweeping floors and washing the children's rags at night.
It will be sufficient here to remark, that until satisfactory reasons can be assigned to justify an opinion, that the federal government is likely to be administered in such a manner as to render it odious or contemptible to the people, there can be no reasonable foundation for the supposition that the laws of the Union will meet with any greater obstruction from them, or will stand in need of any other methods to enforce their execution, than the laws of the particular members.
Burglars are getting to be so contemptible nowadays
Contemptible as a regard founded only on compassion must make them both in my eyes, I felt by no means assured that such might not be the consequence.
She imagined some half dozen women in love with him and thought he must lean dangerously toward an indefinite one, whom she pictured with great charms of person, but with an altogether contemptible disposition.
How contemptible would the brightest Circassian beauty, drest in all the jewels of the Indies, appear to my eyes
Yet perchance to-morrow deception will so act on me, that I shall, on compulsion, consider such a contemptible possession as the utmost happiness.
Lydgate had so many times boasted both to himself and others that he was totally independent of Bulstrode, to whose plans he had lent himself solely because they enabled him to carry out his own ideas of professional work and public benefit--he had so constantly in their personal intercourse had his pride sustained by the sense that he was making a good social use of this predominating banker, whose opinions he thought contemptible and whose motives often seemed to him an absurd mixture of contradictory impressions-- that he had been creating for himself strong ideal obstacles to the proffering of any considerable request to him on his own account.