Definition of despicable in English:

despicable

adjective

  • Deserving hatred and contempt.

    ‘a despicable crime’
    • ‘All right, that's a pretty despicable thing to say and I'm restraining myself because you're a friend.’
    • ‘The subsequent debacle of all three is farcical as well as despicable.’
    • ‘This would encourage the victims to come forward and do much to bring an end to this type of despicable organised crime.’
    • ‘I was a student, and the way they dealt with students was despicable.’
    • ‘These are foolish and despicable crimes, often carried out by youngsters from the area in which the school is based.’
    • ‘The attacks are a despicable crime that will horrify anyone with any shred of decency or humanity.’
    • ‘He soon found himself involved in one of the most despicable trades of those days - slavery.’
    • ‘Lies for no good reason are despicable and should be avoided at all costs.’
    • ‘The way people across the district were left stranded is totally despicable.’
    • ‘Police have described the crime as despicable and urged members of the public to help them catch the callous thief.’
    • ‘The roads have been in despicable condition for years and markings do not seem to exist at all.’
    • ‘This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.’
    • ‘The way the council acts is despicable and should not be allowed.’
    • ‘In other words, this is a revenge movie, which makes us the despicable, deserving victims.’
    • ‘This car belonged to a pensioner who has difficulty walking and, because of this despicable act, is now housebound.’
    • ‘Of all the shabby, shameful, disgraceful, despicable political acts, this was as bad as they get.’
    • ‘It is even more despicable that there are some people who are prepared to listen.’
    • ‘A despicable attack of blatant hatred has failed completely to tear us apart.’
    • ‘The manipulation of donated aid resources is a most despicable moral crime.’
    • ‘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
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from late Latin despicabilis, from despicari ‘look down on’.

Pronunciation

despicable

/dɪˈspɪkəb(ə)l//ˈdɛspɪkəb(ə)l/