Definition of despicable in English:



  • Deserving hatred and contempt.

    ‘a despicable crime’
    • ‘The way the council acts is despicable and should not be allowed.’
    • ‘This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.’
    • ‘This would encourage the victims to come forward and do much to bring an end to this type of despicable organised crime.’
    • ‘In other words, this is a revenge movie, which makes us the despicable, deserving victims.’
    • ‘He soon found himself involved in one of the most despicable trades of those days - slavery.’
    • ‘A despicable attack of blatant hatred has failed completely to tear us apart.’
    • ‘This car belonged to a pensioner who has difficulty walking and, because of this despicable act, is now housebound.’
    • ‘I was a student, and the way they dealt with students was despicable.’
    • ‘The roads have been in despicable condition for years and markings do not seem to exist at all.’
    • ‘The way people across the district were left stranded is totally despicable.’
    • ‘The manipulation of donated aid resources is a most despicable moral crime.’
    • ‘Lies for no good reason are despicable and should be avoided at all costs.’
    • ‘It is even more despicable that there are some people who are prepared to listen.’
    • ‘The attacks are a despicable crime that will horrify anyone with any shred of decency or humanity.’
    • ‘All right, that's a pretty despicable thing to say and I'm restraining myself because you're a friend.’
    • ‘These are foolish and despicable crimes, often carried out by youngsters from the area in which the school is based.’
    • ‘Of all the shabby, shameful, disgraceful, despicable political acts, this was as bad as they get.’
    • ‘The subsequent debacle of all three is farcical as well as despicable.’
    • ‘Police have described the crime as despicable and urged members of the public to help them catch the callous thief.’
    • ‘I have a confession to make: I have recently been engaged in the unwholesome and despicable act of spying.’
    contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible, abhorrent, abominable, awful, heinous, beyond the pale
    odious, execrable, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, horrible, horrid, horrifying, obnoxious, nauseating, offensive, distasteful, below contempt, beneath contempt
    vile, base, low, mean, abject, shameful, degrading, ignominious, cheap, shabby, miserable, wretched, sorry, scurvy
    infamous, villainous, ignoble, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, unsavoury
    dirty, filthy, dirty rotten, rotten, low-down, no-good, beastly, lousy
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Mid 16th century: from late Latin despicabilis, from despicari look down on.