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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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Adv.1.despicably - in a despicable manner; "he acted despicably"
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بِحَقارَه، بِخَساسَه


[dɪsˈpɪkəblɪ] ADVdespreciablemente; [behave] → de manera despreciable
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adv (+vb) → abscheulich; (+adj) → verachtenswert
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[dɪsˈpɪkəblɪ] adv (behave) → ignobilmente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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
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References in classic literature ?
"How despicably I have acted!" she cried; "I, who have prided myself on my discernment!
'The ribaldry of this miserable man is despicably disgusting,' said Pott, pretending to address Bob Sawyer, and scowling upon Slurk.
Indeed, it is by no means certain that the occupation would ever have been successful had not one of the three brothers, Paul, despicably, but very decisively declined to abide these things any longer, and, by surrendering all the secrets of the insurrection, ensured its overthrow and his own ultimate promotion to the post of chamberlain to Prince Otto.
How despicably I fawned upon that wretched Ilya Petrovitch!
In her place the despicably small pride which makes so many women deceitful would have been my pride, and would have made me deceitful too.
True, generous feeling is made small account of by some, but here were two natures rendered, the one intolerably acrid, the other despicably savourless for the want of it.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan was among those criticising the gag, condemning it as "despicably crass and racist".
"Quinn acted despicably and spent the money on luxury items.
Judge Steven Everett told him: "You are a despicably, greedy man.
India was not freed by a Hindu or a Muslim, we fought as one for our Independence." Sharply criticizing Shetty, Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan said:"It reflects despicably communal mindset of the BJP.
Fridge-freezers, wooden panels, garden waste and tonnes of tat and rubble have been despicably dumped on Rayboulds Bridge Road off Green Lane.