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 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

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She is a despicable traitor. even within the prison population, pedophiles are regarded as particularly despicable
Recent Examples on the Web And credit is due to the Utah fans who notified security when the despicable slurs were hurled at Morant’s parents. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2021 As a consequence of the Revolution, in addition to abolishing slavery in the North, the United States became the first nation in the world to begin actively suppressing the despicable international slave trade. Gordon S. Wood, WSJ, 28 May 2021 In theaters this week, the latest live-action remake—starring Emma Stone and executive produced by Glenn Close who previously held the role in 1996—promises a new take on one of the most despicable villains in Disney history. Jeanna Kadlec, Glamour, 25 May 2021 Their faces, set in a soundless squawk, peer down at you, begging to be released from this tacky and despicable purgatory. Olivia Harrison,, 24 May 2021 These despicable Trump devotees smeared feces on the walls, urinated in the hallways and looted congressional offices while demanding that Vice President Mike Pence be lynched. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 President Joe Biden, then the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, called the Trump health officials’ action unconscionable and despicable. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2021 These two controversies occupy different places on the spectrum of despicable nativist and white nationalist viewpoints. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 2 May 2021 Scammers are known to create cons based on current events, but this scheme — calling families grieving after losing a loved one to covid — is a despicable twist on the typical government impostor scam. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Despicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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