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 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

Synonyms for contemptible

Antonyms for contemptible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contemptibly

Historical Examples of contemptibly

  • He talks well, is master of style, and writes not contemptibly in verse.

  • “Perhaps I am contemptibly mean and suspicious,” he muttered.

    The Man with a Shadow

    George Manville Fenn

  • He had won her trust, and had used it contemptibly for his own despicable ends.

  • Ah, if I could only say it without seeming so contemptibly heartless!


    Justus Miles Forman

  • But as for Eleanor, he had been contemptibly mean to her, and, "By God!"

    The Vehement Flame

    Margaret Wade Campbell Deland

British Dictionary definitions for contemptibly



deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
Derived Formscontemptibility or contemptibleness, nouncontemptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contemptibly



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

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