contemptible

[kuhn-temp-tuh-buhl]
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Origin of contemptible

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin contemptibilis, equivalent to contempt(us) (see contempt) + -ibilis -ible
Related formscon·tempt·i·bil·i·ty, con·tempt·i·ble·ness, nouncon·tempt·i·bly, adverbnon·con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·tempt·i·ble, adjectivenon·con·tempt·i·ble·ness, nounnon·con·tempt·i·bly, adverbun·con·tempt·i·bil·i·ty, nounun·con·tempt·i·ble, adjectiveun·con·tempt·i·ble·ness, nounun·con·tempt·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcontemptible contemptuous

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Contemporary Examples of contemptible

Historical Examples of contemptible

  • They achieve repartee the brilliance of which dazzles him to contemptible silence.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • What merit was there in being what it would be contemptible not to be?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Not another inch, you contemptible whelp, or I'll brain you!

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Her name is not Buttons; she is not in the least a contemptible nor entirely a comic figure.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • You talk of your honour and your truth when you did such a contemptible thing!


British Dictionary definitions for contemptible

contemptible

adjective
  1. deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
Derived Formscontemptibility or contemptibleness, nouncontemptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contemptible
adj.

late 14c., from Latin contemptibilis "worthy of scorn," from contempt-, past participle stem of contemnere (see contempt). Related: Contemptibility; contemptibly.

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