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 (dĭ-spĭk′ə-bəl, dĕs′pĭ-kə-bəl)
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.
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Noun1.despicableness - unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher valuesdespicableness - unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
unworthiness - the quality or state of lacking merit or value
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Look away now if squeamish or disinclined to hear more terrible stuff in the midst of already numbing tragedy and despicableness and opportunism.
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With every passing month, the chequered history of the former's efforts will only give Daesh more chances to continue with its despicableness. The anti-Daesh conference held in London last week should lead to nothing but the destruction of this terrorist group, and speedily at that, rather than grab news for its talking heads' rhetoric.