Definition of contemptible adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtemptəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtemptəbl//
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not deserving any respect at all synonym despicable contemptible behaviour Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin contemptibilis, from Latin contemnere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + temnere ‘despise’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contemptible