Ultimately from Latin contemptibilis
contemptible (comparative more contemptible, superlative most contemptible)
- deserving contempt
between 1812 and 1814, Jane Austin, chapter 1, in Mansfield Park:
- Miss Ward’s match, indeed, when it came to the point, was not contemptible: Sir Thomas being happily able to give his friend an income in the living of Mansfield...