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contemptible

[kuh n-temp-tuh-buh l] /kənˈtɛmp tə bəl/
adjective
1.
deserving of or held in contempt; despicable.
2.
Obsolete, contemptuous.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin contemptibilis, equivalent to contempt(us) (see contempt) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
contemptibility, contemptibleness, noun
contemptibly, adverb
noncontemptibility, noun
noncontemptible, adjective
noncontemptibleness, noun
noncontemptibly, adverb
uncontemptibility, noun
uncontemptible, adjective
uncontemptibleness, noun
uncontemptibly, adverb
Can be confused
contemptible, contemptuous.
Synonyms
1. mean, abject, low, base.
Antonyms
1. admirable.
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British Dictionary definitions for contemptibleness

contemptible

/kənˈtɛmptəbəl/
adjective
1.
deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
Derived Forms
contemptibility, contemptibleness, noun
contemptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contemptibleness

contemptible

adj.

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

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