deserving of contempt or disdain; worthy of contempt


US English

UK English

Part of speech



despicable, detestable, abhorrent, odious, execrable, loathsome


admirable, commendable, likable, respectable, worthy

Example sentences

  • The thief’s actions were contemptible, stealing from a charity that helped those in need.
  • She held a contemptible view of anyone who was not rich and famous.
  • The judge viewed the defendant’s behavior as contemptible and sentenced him to a long prison term.


The word “contemptible” is used to describe someone or something that is deserving of contempt, or a strong feeling of dislike or disapproval. It suggests that the person or thing is considered to be low, worthless, or deserving of disrespect. The term is often used in a legal or moral context, when someone’s actions are deemed to be unethical or unjust. For example, a judge may describe a criminal’s behavior as contemptible when handing down a sentence. The word is a strong and negative judgment, and implies a low opinion of the person or thing in question.