despicable

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

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 \ -​blē \ 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

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The events are despicable and have no place in our country. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Pipe bomb suspect charged: what we know," 26 Oct. 2018 These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton Were Sent "Potential Explosive Devices" in the Mail," 24 Oct. 2018 These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "“Violence is never OK”: political leaders respond to bomb threats against Obamas, Clintons," 24 Oct. 2018 Purchasing food from abusive businesses supports and enables them to continue with their despicable cruelties. Gene Baur, Fortune, "Immigrant Farm Workers Endure Inhumane Conditions. Here’s What We Can Do," 8 June 2018 And that was fake news, but the most despicable attack coming from comedian Samantha Bee. Fox News, "Is it time for Mueller to wrap up his investigation?," 3 June 2018 With Maradona baring down on goal, Butcher tried in vain to race back to cover but despite the efforts of goalkeeper Peter Shilton to close the angle - moments after being cheated in the most despicable way - evaded the Derby stopper and skipper. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks To Go - When the World Witnessed Diego Maradona's 'Goal of the Century'," 29 Apr. 2018 The official White House Twitter account posted about Mollie’s death to promote anti-immigrant policy and even made a glib comparison to its despicable family separation policy. Alyssa Milano, Harper's BAZAAR, "Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them," 20 Sep. 2018 So, either there’s one in New York magazine that’s despicable and lowbrow and highbrow. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Startup advisor Elad Gil is worried that we’re losing our ability to be optimistic about tech," 20 Aug. 2018

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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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despicable

adjective

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 , ˈde-spik-\

Kids Definition of despicable

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

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