Definition of despicable in English:

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despicable

Pronunciation: /dəˈspikəb(ə)l/

adjective

Deserving hatred and contempt: a despicable crime
More example sentences
  • The attacks are a despicable crime that will horrify anyone with any shred of decency or humanity.
  • A despicable attack of blatant hatred has failed completely to tear us apart.
  • This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.
Synonyms
contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible, abhorrent, abominable, awful, heinous;
odious, vile, low, mean, abject, shameful, ignominious, shabby, ignoble, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy
informal dirty, rotten, lowdown, lousy
beastly
archaic scurvy

Derivatives

despicably

Pronunciation: /dəˈspikəblē/ /ˈdespəkəblē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Instead he was treated despicably and I hope whoever is nominated to take over will not have to go through that same sort of public humiliation.
  • Their bleating about their efforts regarding problem gambling are absolutely, completely and utterly, despicably hypocritical.
  • But out of sheer determination and a refusal to get dragged down by such despicably anti-social behaviour, they enjoyed the good times and battled through the bad times.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from late Latin despicabilis, from despicari 'look down on'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: des·pi·ca·ble

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