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There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
Henry Fielding

Meaning of "contemptible" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTEMPTIBLE

contemptible  [kənˈtɛmptəbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTEMPTIBLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Contemptible is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES CONTEMPTIBLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

contemptible

Contempt

Contempt is a secondary emotion and is a mix of the primary emotions disgust and anger. The word originated in 1393, from the Latin word contemptus meaning "scorn". It is the past participle of contemnere and from com- intensive prefix + temnere "to slight, scorn". The origin is uncertain. Contemptuous appeared in 1529. Robert C. Solomon places contempt on the same continuum as resentment and anger, and he argues that the differences between the three are that resentment is directed toward a higher-status individual; anger is directed toward an equal-status individual; and contempt is directed toward a lower-status individual.

Definition of contemptible in the English dictionary

The definition of contemptible in the dictionary is deserving or worthy of contempt; despicable.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTEMPTIBLE


acceptable
əkˈsɛptəbəl
adaptable
əˈdæptəbəl
adoptable
əˈdɒptəbəl
attemptable
əˈtemptəbəl
corruptible
kəˈrʌptəbəl
deceptible
dɪˈsɛptəbəl
imprescriptible
ˌɪmprɪˈskrɪptəbəl
inadaptable
ˌɪnəˈdæptəbəl
incorruptible
ˌɪnkəˈrʌptəbəl
insusceptible
ˌɪnsəˈsɛptəbəl
interruptible
ˌɪntəˈrʌptəbəl
perceptible
pəˈsɛptəbəl
prescriptible
prɪˈskrɪptəbəl
receptible
rɪˈsɛptəbəl
redemptible
rɪˈdɛmptəbəl
susceptible
səˈsɛptəbəl
temptable
ˈtemptəbəl
unacceptable
ˌʌnəkˈsɛptəbəl
unadaptable
ˌʌnəˈdæptəbəl
unadoptable
ˌʌnəˈdɒptəbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTEMPTIBLE

contempo
contemporanean
contemporaneity
contemporaneous
contemporaneously
contemporaneousness
contemporararies
contemporarily
contemporariness
contemporary
contemporise
contemporize
contempt
contempt of court
contemptibility
contemptibleness
contemptibly
contemptuous
contemptuously
contemptuousness

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTEMPTIBLE

accessible
biocompatible
collectible
combustible
comestible
compatible
constructible
convertible
deductible
digestible
extractible
imperceptible
incompatible
indestructible
inexhaustible
invertible
irresistible
noncombustible
patible
perfectible
tax-deductible

Synonyms and antonyms of contemptible in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTEMPTIBLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «contemptible» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of contemptible

Translation of «contemptible» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTEMPTIBLE

Find out the translation of contemptible to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of contemptible from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «contemptible» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

卑鄙
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

despreciable
570 millions of speakers

English

contemptible
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

घृणित
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

محتقرين
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

презренный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desprezível
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নীচ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

méprisable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penghinaan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

verächtlich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

卑劣な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

잔인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nesu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đáng khinh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அலட்சியப்படுத்தத்தக்கதாய்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

तिरस्कारपूर्ण
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aşağılık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

spregevole
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pogardy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мерзенний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vrednic de dispreț
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

περιφρόνησης
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

veragtelik
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förakt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

foraktelig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of contemptible

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTEMPTIBLE»

The term «contemptible» is regularly used and occupies the 100.754 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTEMPTIBLE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about contemptible

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10 QUOTES WITH «CONTEMPTIBLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word contemptible.
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Martin Amis
Several people, not just reviewers, took me to task for writing about what they called the working classes - something I've been doing for 40 years. I thought that was contemptible - what do they want to do, ghettoize the working class as a subject? Can you only write about your own class? I've written about royalty, am I not allowed to do that?
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Edmund Burke
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
3
Diogenes
When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
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Henry Fielding
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
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Arthur Machen
It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible.
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George Mason
Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject and contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the dignity of Man which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great and useful purposes.
7
Arthur Murphy
Wit is the most rascally, contemptible, beggarly thing on the face of the earth.
8
Bruce Robinson
I've always been that contemptible thing, a luxury communist.
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W. Clement Stone
What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?
10
Woodrow Wilson
A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTEMPTIBLE»

Discover the use of contemptible in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to contemptible and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Contemptible Little Flying Corps: Being a Definitive and ...
This truly remarkable book, the production of which must have seemed an impossible task, has more than remedied the situation.
Ian McInnes, J.V. Webb, 2001
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The Contemptible Secret
A once strong, formidable woman has now become weak, frail and fragile. What is on Francesca's horizon for the future? Find out the who, the what, and the how in: "The Contemptible Secret."
Elizabeth LaCroix-Wagaman, 2010
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Contemptible,
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". "Casualty, 2010
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English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With ...
CONTEMPTIBLE. 287 TO CONTEMPLATE, MEDITATE, MUSE. CONTEMPLATE, in Latin conlem- pl.atus, participle of contemplor, probably comes from templum a temple, as a place m»st fitted for contemplation. MEDITATE, in Latin meditatus, ...
George Crabb, 1846
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ENLISH SYNONUMS CLASSIDIED AND EXPLAINED; WITH PRACTICAL ...
Contemptible — Despicable, These are synonymes of degree. Despicable is a more intensive degree of contemptible. What is worthless or weak is contemptible ; what is actively bad or immoral is despicable. In contemning, we pay no more ...
G. F. GRAHAM, 1867
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Contemptible: A Personal Recollection of the 'Retreat from ...
What followed was the memorable retreat from Mons. The author of this book was a subaltern officer serving in one of the county regiments of the B. E. F and chose as his title for this book the proudly worn designation 'Contemptible.
Casualty, 2012
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Contemptible (1916)
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.
Casualty, 2008
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Contemptible and Respectable Persons: Vindicating Contempt ...
Contempt can have a unique moral and political value without detracting from the fundamental value of another person.
Evan C. Goulet, 2007
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Letters of certain Jews to Monsieur Voltaire: containing an ...
I scarcely know a more contemptible people." Philosophical Dictionary, article Apis. -The Egyptians, a people at all times contemptible." Treatise on Toleration. Commrnt. This is not the way to persuade us, Sir, to think that the Jews borrowed  ...
Antoine Guénée, 1845
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Stand and Fall: A Soldier's Recollections of the ...
This book cannot be recommended too highly--not only is it a riveting account of the Retreat from Mons the ordinary fighting infantryman knew, but it is a first rate narrative of personal experiences at the sharp end of war in the early ...
Joe Cassells, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTEMPTIBLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term contemptible is used in the context of the following news items.
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Las Vegas lawyer Adam Kutner sues over 'defamatory and offending …
The word in question is slang for an obnoxious or contemptible man. “I think the complaint speaks for itself,” said attorney Bradley Booke, who ... «Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jul 15»
2
CHP's Tanal slams allegations that the AKP is attempting to poach …
“Well if those allegations are correct, then both those who poach them and those who depart are shameful, dishonorable and contemptible,” ... «BGN NEWS, Jul 15»
3
Arnold Ahlert: Greek Vote: Insanity or Insight? — The Patriot Post
As the Greeks have made amply clear, the center of this contemptible construct isn't holding. The era of security in exchange for de facto, ... «Patriot Post, Jul 15»
4
worldstarhiphop, wshh – Black America's Hypocrisy over the N-word …
How disgraceful, contemptible and shameful can one possibly be by showing so much DISRESPECT relative to the struggles, sacrifices, trials ... «ThyBlackMan, Jul 15»
5
Christie Claims Rand Paul Is Making America 'Weaker and More …
The people writing checks to Paul agree with the positions he articulates in those web clips. What is so contemptible about this? «Reason, Jul 15»
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Kendo can bring Japan's passive smartphone zombies back to life …
... (国際人, person with an international perspective) instead of the contemptible, outdated, old-style Japanese known as kyūnihonjin (旧日本人). «The Japan Times, Jul 15»
7
I Complain about America Out of Love — and Fear for the Future
I gripe about the outlook of this president, which I find contemptible and myopic. I gripe, in other words, about America in 2015. And yet I love ... «National Review Online, Jul 15»
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Should Christians Submit to Government's Rebellion Against God …
Attempts at marital alchemy notwithstanding, the highly contentious, wholly contemptible 5-4 "gay marriage" opinion (and that's all it is, ... «Charisma News, Jul 15»
9
Stuck with a Toytown transport system
... main-line versions (Chambers Dictionary: poxy, adj, anything unpleasant, contemptible or troublesome). Those serving Aberdeen-Inverness, ... «Herald Scotland, Jul 15»
10
Time for civil disobedience, Christians
Attempts at marital alchemy notwithstanding, the highly contentious, wholly contemptible 5-4 "gay marriage" opinion (and that's all it is, ... «RenewAmerica, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Contemptible [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/contemptible>. Dec 2019 ».
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