Origin of contemptible
Examples from the Web for contemptible
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
That of course was contemptible and directly counter to every laudable value this country stands for.
As she puts it, classically and memorably, "You are the most contemptible man I've ever met."
Happily the subject is usually picturesque, and old Holinshed at his worst was no contemptible writer.The Battaile of Agincourt|Michael Drayton
The squire's pride was being slowly undermined, his arrogance seemed almost a contemptible thing.The Squire's Daughter|Silas K(itto) Hocking
They make it no contemptible appendage even to the famous spots in its immediate 177 neighbourhood.Sketches from the Subject and Neighbour Lands of Venice|Edward A. Freeman
I have been told of a contemptible journal in this city which is said to have preached war against France with a rabid fanaticism.Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia|L. Mhlbach,
Such characters make themselves despicable and contemptible in eyes of the English themselves.Woman's Endurance|A.D.L.
British Dictionary definitions for contemptible
Word Origin and History for contemptible
late 14c., from Latin contemptibilis "worthy of scorn," from contempt-, past participle stem of contemnere (see contempt). Related: Contemptibility; contemptibly.