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despicable

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of despicable

  1. 1 arousing or deserving of one's loathing and disgust even within the prison population, pedophiles are regarded as particularly despicable Synonyms of despicable cheap, cruddy, deplorable, contemptible, dirty, grubby, lame, lousy, mean, nasty, paltry, pitiable, pitiful, ratty, scabby, scummy, scurvy, sneaking, sorry, wretchedWords Related to despicable abhorrent, abominable, condemnable, detestable, execrable, hateful, loathsome, odious; disgusting, reptilian, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, revulsive; discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, ignominious, shameful; base, ignoble, low, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile; blamable, censurable, reprehensible, reproachable; cowardly, craven, dastardly; unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulousNear Antonyms of despicable high-minded, honest, honorable, noble, principled, redoubtable, reputable, right-minded, scrupulous, upright; ethical, good, moral, right, righteous, virtuousAntonyms of despicable admirable, commendable, creditable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy

  2. 2 not following or in accordance with standards of honor and decency the cad's despicable behavior toward women Synonyms of despicable base, contemptible, currish, ignoble, detestable, dirty, dishonorable, execrable, ignominious, low, low-down, low-minded, mean, nasty, paltry, snide, sordid, vile, wretchedWords Related to despicable bad, black, evil, foul, immoral, iniquitous, miscreant, wicked, wrong; cruel, vicious; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, perverted; atrocious, villainous; unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; discreditable, disgraceful, disreputable, shameful, unworthyNear Antonyms of despicable ethical, honest, just, principled, righteous, right-minded, scrupulous; commendable, excellent, exemplary, good, moral, right; decent, proper, reputable, respectable, seemly; blameless, guiltless; incorruptible, irreproachable; uncorrupted, unerringAntonyms of despicable high, high-minded, honorable, lofty, noble, straight, upright, venerable, virtuous

  3. 3 deserving pitying scorn (as for inadequacy) a despicable attempt at making a movie comedy Synonyms of despicable contemptible, pitiful, miserable, pathetic, pitiable, sad, sorry, wretchedWords Related to despicable deplorable, discreditable, disgraceful, disreputable, ignominious, infamous, misbegotten, notorious, shameful; abhorrent, abominable, beastly, detestable, hateful, lousy, odious, stinking; bad, inferior, lame, poor; disgusting, dishonorable, shameful; meritless, unworthy, worthless; scandalous, shocking, sordid, unsavoryNear Antonyms of despicable admirable, commendable, creditable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy, redoubtable; notable, noteworthy, noticeable, outstanding, reputable, worthy; excellent; flawless, perfect; honorable, noble; honest, straightAntonyms of despicable decent, presentable, respectable

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


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