despicable

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adjective de·spi·ca·ble \di-ˈspi-kə-bəl, ˈdes-(ˌ)pi-\

Definition of despicable

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

despicableness

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despicably

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Examples of despicable in a Sentence

  1. She is a despicable traitor.

  2. even within the prison population, pedophiles are regarded as particularly despicable

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Origin and Etymology of despicable

Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari to despise


First Known Use: 1553

Synonym Discussion of despicable

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

DESPICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

despicable

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Definition of despicable for English Language Learners

  • : very bad or unpleasant : deserving to be despised


DESPICABLE Defined for Kids

despicable

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adjective de·spi·ca·ble \di-ˈspi-kə-bəl, ˈde-spik-\

Definition of despicable for Students

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



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