adjective 1. worthy of contempt 2. obsolete scornful, contemptuous • contemptibility noun • contemptibleness noun • contemptibly adverb Synonyms: contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values Example: a contemptible liar. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation Example: a despicable crime. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity Example: a pitiable attempt at tragedy. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness Example: this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust Example: a scurvy crew of hangers-on.