Contemptible



[kuh n-temp-tuh-buh l] /kənˈtɛmp tə bəl/

adjective
1.
deserving of or held in ; despicable.
2.
Obsolete. .
/kənˈtɛmptəbəl/
adjective
1.
deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable
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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  • Contemptibly

    [kuh n-temp-tuh-buh l] /kənˈtɛmp tə bəl/ adjective 1. deserving of or held in ; despicable. 2. Obsolete. . /kənˈtɛmptəbəl/ adjective 1. deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable adj. late 14c., from Latin contemptibilis “worthy of scorn,” from contempt-, past participle stem of contemnere (see contempt). Related: Contemptibility; contemptibly.

  • Contempt-of-congress

    noun 1. contempt of a U.S. Congressional body, as of an investigating committee, shown by a witness summoned or appearing before it. The deliberate obstruction of the workings of the federal legislative branch. For example, a witness under subpoena who refuses to testify before Congress can be cited for contempt of Congress.



  • Contemptuous

    [kuh n-temp-choo-uh s] /kənˈtɛmp tʃu əs/ adjective 1. showing or expressing or disdain; scornful; disrespectful. /kənˈtɛmptjʊəs/ adjective 1. when predicative, often foll by of. showing or feeling contempt; disdainful adj. 1590s, from Latin contemptus (see contempt). Related: Contemptuously.

  • Contemptuously

    [kuh n-temp-choo-uh s] /kənˈtɛmp tʃu əs/ adjective 1. showing or expressing or disdain; scornful; disrespectful. /kənˈtɛmptjʊəs/ adjective 1. when predicative, often foll by of. showing or feeling contempt; disdainful adj. 1590s, from Latin contemptus (see contempt). Related: Contemptuously.



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