contemptible

  • 1 contemptible — adj Contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby are comparable when they mean arousing or deserving scorn or disdain. Contemptible applies to whatever inspires such scorn or disdain for any reason however great or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Contemptible — Con*tempt i*ble, a. 1. Worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean; vile; despicable. Milton. [1913 Webster] The arguments of tyranny are ascontemptible as its force is dreadful. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Despised; scorned; neglected;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 contemptible — ⇒CONTEMPTIBLE, adj. Rare. Qui mérite le mépris, méprisable. Une offrande si contemptible (GIDE, Si le grain ne meurt, 1924, p. 611). Rem. Attesté ds Ac. 1798 1878 et, au XXe s., par Nouv. Lar. ill., Lar. 20e, QUILLET 1965. Prononc. et Orth.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 4 contemptible — contemptible, contemptuous Contemptible in current use means ‘deserving contempt’ • (His defiant and sulky defence of his right to pat bottoms and hump secretaries, or pin women to the wall in sexual passes, is contemptible Independent, 2006)… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 contemptible — CONTEMPTIBLE. adj. v. Vil & mesprisable. Il s est rendu contemptible, c est un homme vil & contemptible. Il vieillit …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 6 contemptible — I adjective abhorrent, abiectus, abject, abominable, atrocious, base, blameworthy, censurable, condemnable, condemnatory, contemned, contemnendus, contemptus, contumelious, corrupt, culpable, damnable, deplorable, depraved, despicable, despised,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 contemptible — CONTEMPTIBLE. adj. des 2 gen. Vil et méprisable. Il s est rendu contemptible. C est un homme vil etcontemptible. Il vieillit …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 8 contemptible — (del lat. «contemptibĭlis»; ant.) adj. Despreciable …

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 9 contemptible — late 14c., from L. contemptibilis worthy of scorn, from contempt , pp. stem of contemnere (see CONTEMPT (Cf. contempt)). Related: Contemptibility; contemptibly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 contemptible — [adj] despicable, shameful abhorrent, abject, abominable, bad, base, beggarly, cheap, crass, currish, degenerate, despisable, detestable, dirty, disgusting, hateful, heel, ignoble, ignominious, inferior, low, lowdown*, lowest, mean, odious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 contemptible — Contemptible, Contemnendus …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 12 contemptible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving contempt. DERIVATIVES contemptibly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 contemptible — [kən temp′tə bəl] adj. [ME < L contemptibilis] 1. deserving of contempt or scorn; worthless; despicable 2. Obs. contemptuous contemptibility n. contemptibleness contemptibly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 14 contemptible — (kon tan pti bl ) adj. Qui mérite le mépris. •   Ma peur est que.... Ma foi, qu en me voyant elle avait agréable, Ne lui soit contemptible en ne me voyant pas, MALH. V, 23. •   Si dans les moindres dons tu passes à considérer leur auteur, Verras… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 15 contemptible — adj. contemptible to + inf. (it was contemptible of him to behave like that) * * * [kən temptəb(ə)l] contemptible to + inf. (it was contemptible of him to behave like that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 contemptible — adjective Date: 14th century 1. worthy of contempt 2. obsolete scornful, contemptuous • contemptibility noun • contemptibleness noun • contemptibly adverb Synonyms …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 contemptible — [[t]kənte̱mptɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you feel that someone or something is contemptible, you feel strong dislike and disrespect for them. [FORMAL] Catherine was ready to explode. I think you re contemptible! ... It was an even more contemptible …

    English dictionary

  • 18 CONTEMPTIBLE — adj. des deux genres Vil et méprisable. Il s est rendu contemptible. C est un homme vil et contemptible. Il est vieux …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 19 contemptible —  , contemptuous  Contemptible means deserving contempt. Contemptuous means bestowing it. A contemptible offer may receive a contemptuous response …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 contemptible — con|temp|ti|ble [kənˈtemptıbəl] adj literary not deserving any respect at all = ↑despicable ▪ They were portrayed as contemptible cowards …

    Dictionary of contemporary English


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