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Definition of the adjective contemptible

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adjective - degrees: more contemptible / most contemptible

  1. deserving of contempt or scorn
    • examples: A man who smacks his wife around is contemptible. | When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. | Nothing is more contemptible than respect that is based on fear. | Nothing is more contemptible than respect based on fear. | It was a contemptible thing to do.
    • antonym: estimable
    • similar: abject / low / low-down / miserable / scummy / scurvy; bastardly / mean; pathetic / pitiable / pitiful
    • see also: ignoble; unworthy

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Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers and linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

t ɨJT XPSE XBT NPTUMZ VTFE CZ iJOw DSPXET J F QPQVMBS HSPVQT UP distinguish themselves from others who are contemptible ofbeing “popular” and show this by deliberately seeming as though they have “lost it.

Google previewBryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors (2008)

by Bill Bryson

- contemptible, contemptuous / convince, persuade Those spread by air and water are infectious. Used figuratively (“contagious laughter,” “infectious enthusiasm”), either is fine. contemptible, contemptuous. Contemptible means deserving ...

Google previewMiddle English Dictionary (1960)

by Hans Kurath

despicable, contemptible. (a) (cl384) ...

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Old Contemptible

this was taken about 40 years ago on an old 'Praktika' and printed by myself. The print is damaged. The man is in the twilight of his life: he had gone to war in 1914 underage, been captured within days of arriving, did five years in PoW camps and came back to a land without heroes.

Becoming a policeman, for years he plodded around the western Cotswolds finally doing a few years of police journalism and retiring.

This was taken shortly before he went into hospital.

Photo credit: kewfriend

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The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore. (Samuel Butler)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1E1M3P3T1I1B3L1E1

The value of this 12-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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