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

Other Words from despicable

despicableness noun
despicably \ di-​ˈspi-​kə-​blē How to pronounce despicable (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 Of all the film’s street slime, the corporation is surely Robocop‘s most venal, despicable monster. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 July 2022 Judged solely by the severity of their crimes, many of the lawbreakers are overtly despicable. Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 For Universal, the result was a box office haul that's anything but despicable. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 3 July 2022 Still, the sight and sound of a gun onstage today, given our country’s despicable relationship to firearms, is unsettling. New York Times, 30 June 2022 As despicable as the behavior toward Crenshaw was, even more alarming were the actions taken by the Texas GOP and the convention's 5,000-plus delegates. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 19 June 2022 Many words come to mind to describe the tenor of Smith’s message directed at Boselli: despicable, naïve, repugnant, astonishing, unseemly and classless. Gene Frenette, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 After many years of playing minor heavies (True Romance, Get Shorty), Gandolfini shot to stardom by showing a tender side to an otherwise despicable human being. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 9 June 2022 This was a man who just two weeks prior referred to Saban as a despicable narcissist who needed to be slapped more as a child. John Talty |, al, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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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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