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


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

Origin of contemptible

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin contemptibilis, equivalent to contempt(us) (see contempt) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
Can be confusedcontemptible contemptuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contemptible


/ (kənˈtɛmptəbəl) /


deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
Derived Formscontemptibility or contemptibleness, nouncontemptibly, adverb
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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.

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