[ des-pi-kuh-buhl, dih-spik-uh- ]
/ ˈdɛs pɪ kə bəl, dɪˈspɪk ə- /


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

1545–55; < Late Latin dēspicābilis, equivalent to Latin dēspic(ārī) to despise or dēspic(ere) to look down (dē- de- + -spic- look, combining form of specere) + -ābilis -able

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Related forms

des·pi·ca·bil·i·ty, des·pi·ca·ble·ness, noundes·pi·ca·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for despicably


/ (dɪˈspɪkəbəl, ˈdɛspɪk-) /


worthy of being despised; contemptible; mean

Derived Forms

despicability or despicableness, noundespicably, adverb

Word Origin for despicable

C16: from Late Latin dēspicābilis, from dēspicārī to disdain; compare despise
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