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despicable

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adjective de·spi·ca·ble \di-ˈspi-kə-bəl, ˈdes-(ˌ)pi-\

Simple Definition of despicable

  • : very bad or unpleasant : deserving to be despised

Full Definition of despicable

  1. :  deserving to be despised :  so worthless or obnoxious as to rouse moral indignation <despicable behavior>

de·spi·ca·ble·ness noun
de·spi·ca·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of despicable

  1. She is a despicable traitor.

  2. <even within the prison population, pedophiles are regarded as particularly despicable>



Origin of despicable

Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari to despise


First Known Use: 1553

Synonym Discussion of despicable

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values <a contemptible liar>. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation <a despicable crime>. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity <a pitiable attempt at tragedy>. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness <this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car>. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust <a scurvy crew of hangers-on>.

Rhymes with despicable


DESPICABLE Defined for Kids

despicable

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adjective de·spi·ca·ble \di-ˈspi-kə-bəl, ˈde-spik-\

Definition of despicable

  1. :  very bad :  deserving to be despised <a despicable act of cowardice>





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