de·spic·a·bil·i·ty | \ də̇ˌspikəˈbilətē, -ətē, -i also ˌdespə̇k- or ˌdeˌspik- \
Definition of despicability
: a despicable quality or aspect … when writers present to the world someone as unsympathetic as John Self or Humbert Humbert, they tend to sweeten the pill by offsetting the character's despicability with likeable qualities: irony, japery, or a fancy prose style.— David Annand, The (London) Sunday Telegraph, 4 May 2014
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