contemptible

[ kuhn-temp-tuh-buhl ]
/ kənˈtɛmp tə bəl /

adjective

deserving of or held in contempt; despicable.
Obsolete. contemptuous.

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Origin of contemptible

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin contemptibilis, equivalent to contempt(us) (see contempt) + -ibilis -ible

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contemptible

contemptible contemptuous
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British Dictionary definitions for contemptible

contemptible
/ (kənˈtɛmptəbəl) /

adjective

deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable

Derived forms of contemptible

contemptibility or contemptibleness, nouncontemptibly, adverb
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