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contemptible


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contemptible  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contemptible 
  adj  1:  deserving  of  contempt  or  scorn  [ant:  {estimable}] 
  2:  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  [syn:  {despicable}] 




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