[ kuhn-temp-tuh-buhl ]
/ kənˈtɛmp tə bəl /
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deserving of or held in contempt; despicable.
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Origin of contemptible
OTHER WORDS FROM contemptible
con·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, adjective
non·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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contemptiblecontemptible , contemptuous
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How to use contemptible in a sentence
For so long she had acted a part, that it would be tragic to break down feebly, contemptibly, now close to the end of the drama.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
They appeared to her so absurdly inadequate, so contemptibly divorced from the primary interests of existence.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
The "Life of Jacob" served to show how basely mean and contemptibly deceitful a man might become, and yet enjoy God's love.A Few Words About the Devil|Charles Bradlaugh
He had another grief at the same time, that is the poignant consciousness of having acted contemptibly.The Possessed|Fyodor Dostoevsky
He had heard young ladies spoken of rather contemptibly as "pedants" and "blue-stockings."Englefield Grange|H. B. Paull
British Dictionary definitions for contemptible
/ (kənˈtɛmptəbəl) /
deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
Derived forms of contemptiblecontemptibility or contemptibleness, nouncontemptibly, adverb
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