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de·spic·a·ble

 (dĭ-spĭk′ə-bəl, dĕs′pĭ-kə-bəl)
adj.
Deserving of contempt or scorn; vile.

[Late Latin dēspicābilis, from Latin dēspicārī, to despise; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

de·spic′a·ble·ness n.
de·spic′a·bly adv.
Usage Note: The original standard pronunciation of despicable had stress on the first syllable. During the 1900s, the placement of stress gradually shifted to the second syllable, and now that pronunciation is the usual one.

despicable

(dɪˈspɪkəbəl; ˈdɛspɪk-)
adj
worthy of being despised; contemptible; mean
[C16: from Late Latin dēspicābilis, from dēspicārī to disdain; compare despise]
deˌspicaˈbility, deˈspicableness n
deˈspicably adv

des•pi•ca•ble

(ˈdɛs pɪ kə bəl, dɪˈspɪk ə-)

adj.
deserving to be despised; contemptible.
[1545–55; < Late Latin dēspicābilis= Latin dēspic(ārī) to despise]
des′pi•ca•ble•ness, n.
des′pi•ca•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.despicable - morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"

despicable

despicable

adjective
Translations
حَقير، خَسيس
opovrženíhodný
foragteligmodbydeligussel
fyrirlitlegur

despicable

[dɪsˈpɪkəbl] ADJvil, despreciable

despicable

[ˈdɛspɪkəbəl dɪˈspɪkəbəl] adjméprisable

despicable

[dɪsˈpɪkəbl] adjspregevole; (behaviour) → vergognoso/a; (person) → ignobile

despise

(diˈspaiz) verb
1. to look upon with scorn and contempt. I know he despises me for failing my exam.
2. to refuse to have, use etc; to scorn. She despises such luxuries as fur boots.
despicable (diˈspikəbl) adjective
contemptible, worthless and deserving to be despised. His behaviour was despicable.
deˈspicably adverb
References in classic literature ?
I'll tell you all about it sometime, she never will, because after telling me that she despised and was ashamed of me, she lost her heart to the despicable party and married the good-for-nothing.
It seemed to the boy that the man had but one object in view, to make everyone seem despicable.
It was a peculiar combination of old-maidishness and licentiousness that made Cutter seem so despicable.
The time may come when you will not consider the knife of a savage such a despicable vanity," returned the scout, with a strong expression of contempt for the other's dullness.
Had they shown the least consciousness of their finery, or of its absurdity, they would have seemed despicable.
Many people say that for a male person, bric-a-brac hunting is about as robust a business as making doll-clothes, or decorating Japanese pots with decalcomanie butterflies would be, and these people fling mud at the elegant Englishman, Byng, who wrote a book called THE BRIC-A-BRAC HUNTER, and make fun of him for chasing around after what they choose to call "his despicable trifles"; and for "gushing" over these trifles; and for exhibiting his "deep infantile delight" in what they call his "tuppenny collection of beggarly trivialities"; and for beginning his book with a picture of himself seated, in a "sappy, self-complacent attitude, in the midst of his poor little ridiculous bric-a-brac junk shop.
In the mysterious stillness of the morning, her mind looked on to its second and its deeper design, and the despicable figure of the swindler rose before her in a new view.
So, leaving word with the shopman on what day I was wanted at Miss Havisham's again, I set off on the four-mile walk to our forge; pondering, as I went along, on all I had seen, and deeply revolving that I was a common labouring-boy; that my hands were coarse; that my boots were thick; that I had fallen into a despicable habit of calling knaves Jacks; that I was much more ignorant than I had considered myself last night, and generally that I was in a low-lived bad way.
For those the Race of ISRAEL oft forsook Their living strength, and unfrequented left His righteous Altar, bowing lowly down To bestial Gods; for which their heads as low Bow'd down in Battel, sunk before the Spear Of despicable foes.
For indeed, while I was in that prince's country, I could never endure to look in a glass, after mine eyes had been accustomed to such prodigious objects, because the comparison gave me so despicable a conceit of myself.
Perhaps the question now before the public may, in its consequences, afford melancholy proofs of the effects of this despicable frailty, or rather detestable vice, in the human character.
He remembered a Proudfoot he had seen at school, not known: a little, whey-faced urchin, the despicable member of some lower class.