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Pronunciation:  kun'temptubul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  deserving of contempt or scorn
  2. [adj]  worthy only of being despised and rejected; "a contemptible lack of courage"; "A little, wretched, despicable creature, a worm, a mere nothing...that has risen up in contempt against the majesty of Heaven and earth"- Jonathan Edwards

CONTEMPTIBLE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: abject, despicable, low, low-down, miserable, pathetic, pitiable, pitiful, scummy, scurvy
 Antonyms: estimable
 See Also: ignoble, unworthy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*tempt"i*ble\, a.
1. Worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean;
   vile; despicable. --Milton.

         The arguments of tyranny are ascontemptible as its
         force is dreadful.                    --Burke.

2. Despised; scorned; neglected; abject. --Locke.

3. Insolent; scornful; contemptuous. [Obs.]

         If she should make tender of her love, 't is very
         possible he 'll scorn it; for the man . . . hath a
         contemptible spirit.                  --Shak.

Syn: Despicable; abject; vile; mean; base; paltry; worthless;
     sorry; pitiful; scurrile. See {Contemptuous}.

Usage: {Contemptible}, {Despicable}, {Pitiful}, {Paltry}.
       Despicable is stronger than contemptible, as despise
       is stronger than contemn. It implies keen
       disapprobation, with a mixture of anger. A man is
       despicable chiefly for low actions which mark his
       life, such as servility, baseness, or mean adulation.
       A man is contemptible for mean qualities which
       distinguish his character, especially those which show
       him to be weak, foolish, or worthless. Treachery is
       despicable, egotism is contemptible. Pitiful and
       paltry are applied to cases which are beneath anger,
       and are simply contemptible in a high degree.

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