despicable

adjective
de·​spi·​ca·​ble | \ di-ˈspi-kə-bəl How to pronounce despicable (audio) , ˈde-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce despicable (audio) \

Definition of despicable

: deserving to be despised : so worthless or obnoxious as to rouse moral indignation despicable behavior

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Other Words from despicable

despicableness noun
despicably \ di-​ˈspi-​kə-​blē How to pronounce despicably (audio) , ˈde-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

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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

Examples of despicable in a Sentence

She is a despicable traitor. even within the prison population, pedophiles are regarded as particularly despicable
Recent Examples on the Web This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. Katie Reilly, Time, "Rep. Katie Hill Admits Relationship With Campaign Staffer as House Ethics Committee Launches Investigation," 24 Oct. 2019 This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Dem Rep. Katie Hill's political problems mount as more racy photos surface," 24 Oct. 2019 The characters are despicable but somehow likable thanks to the show’s great writing and acting. Catherine O'hara, Marie Claire, "Catherine O'Hara Wants Her Funeral to Be a Dance Party," 8 Jan. 2020 The tiny yellow subservient creatures have returned to please another despicable master. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "All the movies and TV shows you need to know about in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 The despicable crimes committed against our Jewish community over the last 24 hours are an attack on ALL New Yorkers. Fox News, "NYPD investigating 6th anti-Semitic attack in less than 4 days: 'Enough is enough'," 27 Dec. 2019 This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. Katie Reilly, Time, "Rep. Katie Hill Admits Relationship With Campaign Staffer as House Ethics Committee Launches Investigation," 24 Oct. 2019 This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. Los Angeles Times, "Rep. Katie Hill denies allegations that she had relationship with staffer," 22 Oct. 2019 Sandler is one of those actors who possess a unique magnetism onscreen and can endear themselves through seemingly effortless charisma, no matter how theoretically irritating or off-putting or downright despicable their character. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Adam Sandler’s classic comedies prove he’s a great dramatic actor: Opinion," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of despicable

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for despicable

Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari to despise

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30 Jan 2020

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“Despicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despicable. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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despicable

adjective
How to pronounce despicable (audio) How to pronounce despicable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of despicable

somewhat formal : very bad or unpleasant : deserving to be despised

despicable

adjective
de·​spi·​ca·​ble | \ di-ˈspi-kə-bəl How to pronounce despicable (audio) , ˈde-spik- \

Kids Definition of despicable

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

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