[des-pi-kuh-buh l, dih-spik-uh-]
- deserving to be despised, or regarded with distaste, disgust, or disdain; contemptible: He was a mean, despicable man, who treated his wife and children badly.
Origin of despicable
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vile, mean, detestable.
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Examples from the Web for despicable
And even today there are despicable instances of hate crimes versus Jews in our country.Muslims & Jews Unite vs. Abercrombie & Fitch
December 16, 2014
Mr. Abe was not amused and on his Facebook page he called these taunts “the most despicable act.”Japan’s Nasty Nazi-ish Elections
December 12, 2014
And demonizing the women leveling these charges is despicable.What Trait Do Bill Cosby’s Defenders Share?
November 26, 2014
But Hathaway, thanks to all of us despicable people, does need to care about being liked.Do We Still Hate Anne Hathaway?
November 5, 2014
But most of all blame China and the despicable hunger of its status-conscious middle class for baubles of worked ivory.A World Without Elephants? Blame China
August 6, 2014
But side by side with these despicable men what heroism we saw!My Double Life
She had just done a thing that was mean, or at least she had done a thing from a mean, a despicable motive.A Spirit in Prison
But despicable as his conduct had been, he underwent no hasty condemnation.The Golden Age
The despicable methods he was adopting troubled him not in the least.The Hound From The North
I w-wouldn't have believed that anyone would be so despicable!Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
- worthy of being despised; contemptible; mean
C16: from Late Latin dēspicābilis, from dēspicārī to disdain; compare despise
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Word Origin and History for despicable
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