Definition of despicable in English:

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despicable

Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɪkəb(ə)l/
/ˈdɛspɪkəb(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, beyond the pale;
odious, execrable, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, horrible, horrid, horrifying, obnoxious, nauseating, offensive, distasteful, beneath/below contempt;
vile, base, low, mean, abject, shameful, degrading, ignominious, cheap, shabby, miserable, wretched, sorry, scurvy;
infamous, villainous, ignoble, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, unsavoury
informal dirty, filthy, dirty rotten, rotten, low-down, no-good, beastly, lousy
archaic caitiff

Derivatives

despicably

Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɪkəbli/
/ˈdɛspɪkəbli/
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'.

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Line breaks: de¦spic|able

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