Foolish vs Contemptible - What's the difference?

foolish | contemptible | Synonyms |

Foolish is a synonym of contemptible.

As adjectives the difference between foolish and contemptible

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while contemptible is deserving contempt.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness



    Alternative forms

    * contemptable


    (en adjective)
  • deserving contempt
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=between 1812 and 1814 , author= , title= , chapter=1 , passage=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...}}


    * despicable