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Related to contemptibly: scornfully


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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Adv.1.contemptibly - in a manner deserving contempt
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(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
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Much might be ruminated here, concerning the essential dignity of this regal process, because in common life we esteem but meanly and contemptibly a fellow who anoints his hair, and palpably smells of that anointing.
I have more than once repented that I did not marry him myself; and were he but one degree less contemptibly weak I certainly should: but I must own myself rather romantic in that respect, and that riches only will not satisfy me.
Morris; you and I are not cursed with such a contemptibly common name as that!
At the time of which we write, the Chamber did not meddle shabbily with the budget, as it does in the deplorable days in which we now live; it did not contemptibly reduce ministerial emoluments, nor save, as they say in the kitchen, the candle-ends; on the contrary, it granted to each minister taking charge of a public department an indemnity, called an "outfit." It costs, alas, as much to enter on the duties of a minister as to retire from them; indeed, the entrance involves expenses of all kinds which it is quite impossible to inventory.
He feels her superiority through every pore; he never before realised how absolutely inferior he is; he is abjectly polite, and contemptibly conciliatory; if a friend comes to see him, he eagerly praises her in case she should be listening behind the screen; he cannot call his soul his own, and, what is far more intolerable, neither is he sure that his body really belongs to him; he has read of ministering angels and the light touch of a woman's hand, but the day on which he can ring for his servant and put on his socks in private fills him with the same sort of wildness of joy that he felt as a homesick schoolboy at the end of his first term."
What call'st thou solitude, is not the Earth With various living creatures, and the Aire Replenisht, and all these at thy command To come and play before thee, know'st thou not Thir language and thir wayes, they also know, And reason not contemptibly; with these Find pastime, and beare rule; thy Realm is large.
Judge Lee said the use of the term 'coward punch' had conveyed a particular meaning that the puncher was "not only committing a violent act but also, distinctly, is contemptibly lacking the courage to act in a proper or fair way".
De Guzman, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) chairman, called it 'contemptibly unreasonable' considering that productivity was at record breaking levels in 2017, as reported by Forbes Magazine.
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino Chair Leody de Guzman, for his part, described the wage increase as "contemptibly unreasonable." "The order of the NCR wage board, which was openly supported [by] DOLE Secretary Bello did not lift minimum wages from starvation levels.
The wage hike, according to the labor leader, was 'contemptibly unreasonable' considering that the country's productivity was at record-breaking levels in 2017.
Most contemptibly, Orban has demonised immigrants as invading hordes and turned his rabble-rousing neo-fascist sights against George Soros, the man who he has chosen as personification of the enemy.
That stance looks contemptibly weak only if you assume that prayer is not an effective means of intervening in worldly affairs.