- Deserving contempt; despicable: a display of contemptible cowardiceMore example sentences
despicable, detestable, hateful, reprehensible, deplorable, loathsome, odious, revolting, execrable, unspeakable, heinous, shocking, offensive; disgraceful, shameful, ignominious, abject, low, mean, cowardly, unworthy, discreditable, pitiful, pitiable, petty, worthless, shabby, cheap, beyond contempt, beyond the pale, sordid, degenerate, base, vile, villainous• archaic scurvy
- 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.
- Either way, the two men represent all that is vile and contemptible about American politics.
- Alas there is no reason why the most odious, contemptible people might not be able to make the sweetest, most wonderful creations.
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- She is therefore a victim and thereby relieved of much of her class guilt and no longer hateful, although still contemptibly repressed like all the other toffs.
- But I have to ask, who the hell would ever utter such stupid, contemptibly moronic assertions?
- Even the British social history volumes have declared that we have been treated shamefully and contemptibly.
late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin contemptibilis, from Latin contemnere (see contemn).