- con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty, con·tempt·i·ble·ness, noun
- con·tempt·i·bly, adverb
- non·con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·con·tempt·i·ble, adjective
- non·con·tempt·i·ble·ness, noun
- non·con·tempt·i·bly, adverb
- un·con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty, noun
- un·con·tempt·i·ble, adjective
- un·con·tempt·i·ble·ness, noun
- un·con·tempt·i·bly, adverb
- contemptible , contemptuous
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How to use contemptible in a sentence
Lawmakers, in his telling, are now The Other—and thus just as contemptible as his billionaire pals.One Very Big Problem With the Democrats' Billionaires Tax | Philip Elliott | October 27, 2021 | Time
Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.Rep. Ilhan Omar clarifies tweet grouping U.S., Israel with Hamas, Taliban after criticism from Jewish Democratic lawmakers | Colby Itkowitz, Sean Sullivan | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The real cost, the real burden in this iniquitous, contemptible system is the legion of skimmers and coasters led by the devious do-nothing NCAA president Mark Emmert and his board of governors cronies.The financial burden on NCAA sports wears wingtips, not sneakers | Sally Jenkins | April 2, 2021 | Washington Post
His actions were cruel and vicious—and also squalid and contemptible.
Actions that a writer deems “depressing” and contemptible have not been “justified” by him or his publication.
Brittle egos are bolstered less by what they love about themselves than what they find contemptible in others.
But if you do, bear in mind that ugly and contemptible things lurk beneath its surface.Texas Sheriff's Department to Fiona Apple: "Shut Up and Sing" | Megan McArdle | September 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
That of course was contemptible and directly counter to every laudable value this country stands for.
I should be ashamed to show my face at Heaven's gates and say I came from such a contemptible planet.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
My hero of yesterday, the hero of the glorious struggle of the People,—how contemptible he has proved himself, how cravenly small!Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
It is enough if the defendant induces an ill opinion to be held of the plaintiff, or to make him contemptible or ridiculous.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Behold I have made thee small among the nations: thou art exceeding contemptible.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Selby was one who felt more or less of shame at the contemptible part he was expected to play.Hunted and Harried | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for contemptible
deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
- contemptibility or contemptibleness, noun
- contemptibly, adverb
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