contemptible vs contemptuous

contemptible contemptuous


  • 1) deserving contempt
  • 2) Obsolete Contemptuous.
  • 3) Deserving of contempt; despicable.
  • 4) Despised; scorned; neglected; abject.
  • 5) obsolete Insolent; scornful; contemptuous.
  • 6) Worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean; vile; despicable.
  • 7) deserving of contempt or scorn
  • 8) Worthy of contempt; meriting scorn or disdain; despicable; mean: said of persons or things.
  • 9) Synonyms Contemptible, Despicable, Paltry, Pitiful, abject, base, worthless, sorry, low. Contemptible is unworthy of notice, deserving of scorn, for littleness or meanness; it is generally not so strong as despicable, which always involves the idea of great baseness: as, a contemptible trick; despicable treachery. Paltry and pitiful are applied to things which from their insignificance hardly deserve to be considered at all: as, a paltry excuse; a sum of money pitifully small. In pitiful, the pity seems to apply to the one foolish enough to offer, etc., the pitiful tiling. Pitiful is often applied to persons. What is paltry is of no consequence; what is pitiful is absurdly unequal to what it should be. See pitiful.
  • 10) Not worthy of consideration; inconsiderable; paltry; worthless: generally used with a negative.
  • 11) Held in contempt; despised; neglected.
  • 12) Contemptuous: as, to have a contemptible opinion of one.


  • 1) showing contempt; expressing disdain; showing a lack of respect.
  • 2) Manifesting or feeling contempt; scornful.
  • 3) Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; haughty; insolent; disdainful.
  • 4) Apt to despise; contumelious; haughty; insolent: said of persons.
  • 5) Worthy of contempt; contemptible.
  • 6) Manifesting or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful: said of actions or feelings: as, contemptuous language or manner.
  • 7) Synonyms Disdainful, supercilious, cavalier, contumelious.


  • 1) There is always something slightly contemptible about sport.
  • 2) Does this mean that my life has been reduced to something contemptible and meaningless?
  • 3) It is an amazing commentary on the vitality and the power of the contemptible little Army of less than two years ago.
  • 4) ‘It is not possible to treat others with respect when we act in a way that says that who they are or what they believe makes them worthless or contemptible as human beings.’
  • 5) ‘Either way, the two men represent all that is vile and contemptible about American politics.’
  • 6) ‘Alas there is no reason why the most odious, contemptible people might not be able to make the sweetest, most wonderful creations.’
  • 7) ‘The criminals who prey on the elderly are the lowest of the low - contemptible cowards whose targets are the frail and solitary.’
  • 8) ‘On at least three occasions the way you treated this girl was cowardly and contemptible.’
  • 9) ‘Cynics have sneeringly dismissed the latter role as that of a messenger boy, as if there were something contemptible about messenger boys.’
  • 10) ‘SIR - People talk about contempt of court, but the truth is that courts themselves are contemptible by the silly sentences they hand out.’
  • 11) ‘They fight to be true to themselves and good to others, and perhaps out of hatred for the sheer contemptible venality of capital's favorites.’
  • 12) ‘This I find to be contemptible because it is the result of an activity dissimilar to smoking, but also because it implies that smoking in public should banned.’
  • 13) ‘Instead we have a government that seems determined to be re-elected by scaremongering and it's utterly contemptible.’
  • 14) ‘This does not rate a reply, it is so contemptible.’
  • 15) ‘Back to the contemptible hive of infamy from which you came!’
  • 16) ‘To mischaracterize and attack an organization whose sole mission is to end harassment is contemptible.’
  • 17) ‘Though a rock star, he found most rock music contemptible and really wanted to be a jazz and symphonic composer.’
  • 18) ‘It can only be seen as a professor's contemptible effort to bully a student with whose politics he disagrees.’
  • 19) ‘Our proud ancestors repelled the invaders, but their contemptible descendants are sided with the invaders.’
  • 20) ‘It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.’
  • 21) ‘If he does, his failure to spell this out is contemptible.’


  • 1) It is hard to imagine a more contemptuous attitude towards patient demand.
  • 2) He looks disdainful and contemptuous and furious with his guests because he by and large is.
  • 3) What arouses his fanaticism and prompts his excesses is the contemptuous indifference with which his advances are met.
  • 4) Few then or now would be as openly contemptuous of the life of the mind as Grant.
  • 5) Ministers seem almost contemptuous of public alarm at the changing face of Britain.
  • 6) As an athlete, she is almost contemptuous of fear.
  • 7) They were blown away with contemptuous ease in the first few minutes in the south of France yesterday.
  • 8) She was almost contemptuous, certainly disrespectful to him who'd grown accustomed to respect.
  • 9) I've had passing acquaintance recently with the greed and contemptuous indifference of some London landlords.
  • 10) The authors of such works are regarded as deviant, hostile to "ordinary" readers, just plain contemptuous of good order in matters of storytelling and style.
  • 11) Billy laughed in contemptuous pride of youth and brawn.
  • 12) He accepted the situation, happy in the gentle and protecting affection the girl showed him, fitfully enough, for she had, as she called it, her bad days when she used to visit her mother and remain long hours in the riverside hut, coming out as inscrutable as ever, but with a contemptuous look and a short word ready to answer any of his speeches.
  • 13) She looked at him and tried to make her expression contemptuous, but he only laughed.
  • 14) Then the scene shifted to Ethiopia, where Mussolini, I think in contemptuous defiance of the entire world drove with his bayonet and guns the King of Kings, who went begging for his throne to all places.
  • 15) The keeper made no remark, but in contemptuous silence he rattled the dog's chain and the animal barked loudly.
  • 16) The man received the papers, while the crowd looked on, muttering in contemptuous undertones.
  • 17) He strode on rapidly, his shoulders squared, his expression contemptuous, challenging; but within he was possessed by an apprehension increasing at every step.
  • 18) ‘Has any country ever had a more arrogant, insolent, contemptuous leader than we have?’
  • 19) ‘The problem lies in a deeply disrespectful, even contemptuous, attitude towards women.’
  • 20) ‘They should be made to pay for their contemptuous and arrogant behaviour.’
  • 21) ‘He lacks the cold, contemptuous arrogance that would make Elizabeth - and us - hate him.’
  • 22) ‘He was contemptuous and sneering in pointing out that we were in the wrong carriage.’
  • 23) ‘He evaluates the host culture from his own perspective and approaches it with a condescending or even contemptuous attitude.’
  • 24) ‘His bitter frown transformed itself into a sneer and then a contemptuous smile.’
  • 25) ‘Even when you're contemptuous of such behavior, it is a fact of life.’
  • 26) ‘There was the abiding desire that they shouldn't play beneath themselves, be dishonourable or contemptuous of others.’
  • 27) ‘Imagine then how easy it would be to become bitter, resentful, contemptuous, angry and revengeful?’
  • 28) ‘It is contemptuous in the extreme, and such comments make it almost impossible to respond in a civilised fashion.’
  • 29) ‘Savagery and barbarism were contemptuous expressions used by ‘civilised’ people.’
  • 30) ‘The kids themselves flout this rule with contemptuous ease, but if a teacher catches them, they might well be in for it.’
  • 31) ‘He is ferociously contemptuous of people who distort the meaning of a document or the argument of a book or use the past as an adventure playground.’
  • 32) ‘They are also vaguely contemptuous of his beady-eyed negotiations regarding fees and wardrobe allowances.’
  • 33) ‘Most of the men seem to be intimidated by her, or at least, contemptuous of her because she's disingenuous.’
  • 34) ‘They are either totally ignorant or contemptuous of the fundamentals of a civilised judicial system.’
  • 35) ‘They are contemptuous of fundamental human rights and jealous of any source of power apart from their own.’
  • 36) ‘He was contemptuous of me for reminding him about reading the instructions - he didn't see the relevance.’
  • 37) ‘Those who aren't openly contemptuous often dismiss it as hilariously freakish.’

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