[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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And, despicably, they used the memory of the four slain Americans as cover for their election-year political strategy.How Republicans Twist Benghazi
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I flattered myself I was not so despicably weak, for a woman.'Heartsease
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Despicably egotistical he had been in submitting to the chair, in not making one last wild break for freedom at that time.The Affair of the Brains
But I own that I agree with him heartily in his opinion that "making a conjurer explain his tricks" is despicably poor fun.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
To show you how despicably I think of the business, I will here leave you presently, though I lose the pleasure of railing at you.Thomas Otway
I like it in the French style, all but the lait; that destroys the flavor, besides making it despicably weak.
- 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 despicably
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