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

: very bad or unpleasant : deserving to be despised

Full Definition of DESPICABLE

:  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 \-blē\ adverb

Examples of DESPICABLE

  1. She is a despicable traitor.
  2. <even within the prison population, pedophiles are regarded as particularly 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


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

Definition of DESPICABLE for Kids

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


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