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 Abbott spokesman John Wittman fired back, calling the audio disgusting and despicable. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Profane recording surfaces of 2 Empower Texans operatives joking about Gov. Greg Abbott being in wheelchair," 19 June 2020 Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. NBC News, "NYC curfew to stay in place until Monday," 3 June 2020 Then came the George Floyd tragedy, the latest in a harrowing series of despicable African-American deaths. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL teams participating in #BlackoutTuesday is too little, too late," 2 June 2020 This dude is completely despicable — the only good that comes from him is telling Reddington that the person who hired him to kidnap Imam Asmal was named Maddy Toliver, a.k.a. Jodi Walker,, "The Blacklist recap: Man plans, God laughs," 9 May 2020 There's a faction of protesting idiots and social media trolls who have directed despicable antisemitic and insensitive comments toward Acton, who is Jewish. Cincinnati Enquirer, "PX column: It was a rare rough week for Mike DeWine. Maybe it's time Amy Acton take on a behind-the-scenes role to quell frustration," 2 May 2020 Shame and shock that a great country could be so sucker-punched by a few fanatics with box-cutters dissolved into a grim determination to bring the perpetrators to justice and right this despicable wrong. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "American Affirmations in the Face of Another Test," 20 Mar. 2020 This is despicable, deplorable, disgusting, and undeserved. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Pig found dead in Shawnee Park with ears cut off," 24 Feb. 2020 While the film is largely a vehicle for a series of despicable male characters, through the multicolored clouds of laughing gas and hot air waltzes Harleen Quinzell, aka Harley Quinn. Kelsea Stahler,, "Birds Of Prey Screenwriter Christina Hodson Wants A Fantabulous Emancipation Of The Action Genre, Too," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Despicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of despicable

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


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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