from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deserving of contempt; despicable.
- adj. Obsolete Contemptuous.
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- adj. deserving contempt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean; vile; despicable.
- adj. Despised; scorned; neglected; abject.
- adj. Insolent; scornful; contemptuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Worthy of contempt; meriting scorn or disdain; despicable; mean: said of persons or things.
- Not worthy of consideration; inconsiderable; paltry; worthless: generally used with a negative.
- Held in contempt; despised; neglected.
- Contemptuous: as, to have a contemptible opinion of one.
- 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.
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- adj. deserving of contempt or scorn
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