Definition of despicable in English:



  • Deserving hatred and contempt.

    ‘a despicable crime’
    • ‘The attacks are a despicable crime that will horrify anyone with any shred of decency or humanity.’
    • ‘In other words, this is a revenge movie, which makes us the despicable, deserving victims.’
    • ‘Police have described the crime as despicable and urged members of the public to help them catch the callous thief.’
    • ‘All right, that's a pretty despicable thing to say and I'm restraining myself because you're a friend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This would encourage the victims to come forward and do much to bring an end to this type of despicable organised crime.’
    • ‘The way the council acts is despicable and should not be allowed.’
    • ‘He soon found himself involved in one of the most despicable trades of those days - slavery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A despicable attack of blatant hatred has failed completely to tear us apart.’
    • ‘This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.’
    • ‘I was a student, and the way they dealt with students was despicable.’
    • ‘The subsequent debacle of all three is farcical as well as despicable.’
    • ‘The roads have been in despicable condition for years and markings do not seem to exist at all.’
    • ‘These are foolish and despicable crimes, often carried out by youngsters from the area in which the school is based.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The way people across the district were left stranded is totally despicable.’
    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.