Adjective "contemptible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deserving contempt; despicable.
  1. 'This does not rate a reply, it is so contemptible.'
  2. 'SIR - People talk about contempt of court, but the truth is that courts themselves are contemptible by the silly sentences they hand out.'
  3. 'To mischaracterize and attack an organization whose sole mission is to end harassment is contemptible.'
  4. 'It is not possible to treat others with respect when we act in a way that says that who they are or what they believe makes them worthless or contemptible as human beings.'
  5. 'Alas there is no reason why the most odious, contemptible people might not be able to make the sweetest, most wonderful creations.'
  6. 'It can only be seen as a professor's contemptible effort to bully a student with whose politics he disagrees.'
  7. 'It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.'
  8. 'Though a rock star, he found most rock music contemptible and really wanted to be a jazz and symphonic composer.'
  9. 'They fight to be true to themselves and good to others, and perhaps out of hatred for the sheer contemptible venality of capital's favorites.'
  10. 'Either way, the two men represent all that is vile and contemptible about American politics.'


1. deserving of or held in contempt; despicable.

2. Obsolete. contemptuous.

More examples(as adjective)

"pools can be contemptible to classes."

"people can be contemptible in terms."

"kitchens can be contemptible to classes."

"courts can be contemptible to classes."

"attacks can be contemptible as forms."

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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin contemptibilis, from Latin contemnere (see contemn).