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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.
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Sophia has unintentionally hit upon Razumov's previous conformist existence, and her words resonate with Kierkegaard's description of ironic distancing in Concept as "register[ing] a protest against all the contemptibleness that is nothing but a miserable product of its environment, against all the commonplace people" (280).
"I was a young man in years," he recalled bitterly, "but I give you my word I was a great deal older than I am now with the worry, meanness, and contemptibleness of the whole damn thing.