Definition of despicable in US English:

despicable

adjective

  • Deserving hatred and contempt.

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

/dəˈspikəb(ə)l//dəˈspɪkəb(ə)l/