Misused Words

Contemptible and Contemptuous

Contemptible, an adjective, means deserving scorn or contempt.

The worker's behaviour at the staff party was contemptible.

Contemptuous, an adjective, means showing scorn or contempt.

The boss gave the employee a contemptuous look at the party because of his behaviour.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The judge gave the defendant a (contemptible, contemptuous) glance when he approached the bench.

(2) The judge felt that the defendant's behaviour was (contemptible, contemptuous in the courtroom.

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