adjective Etymology: Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari to despise Date: 1553 deserving to be despised ; so worthless or obnoxious as to rouse moral indignation <
despicable behavior
Synonyms: see contemptibledespicableness noundespicably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Despicable — Des pi*ca*ble, a. [L. despicabilis, fr. despicari to despise; akin to despicere. See {Despise}.] Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; as, a despicable man; despicable company; a despicable gift. Syn: Contemptible; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despicable — Pundits and usage gurus since Fowler (1926) have been urging us to pronounce despicable with the stress on the first syllable, but unsurprisingly usage has swung in favour of a more comfortable pattern with the stress on the second syllable …   Modern English usage

  • despicable — index bad (offensive), base (bad), blameful, blameworthy, caitiff, contemptible, deplorable …   Law dictionary

  • despicable — 1550s, from L.L. despicabilis, from L. despicari despise, disdain, look down on, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + spicare, variant of specere to look (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • despicable — *contemptible, pitiable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby Analogous words: *base, low, vile: ignominious, infamous, disgraceful (see corresponding nouns at DISGRACE): ignoble, *mean, abject, sordid Antonyms: praiseworthy, laudable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • despicable — [adj] hateful; beyond contempt abject, awful, base, beastly, cheap, contemptible, degrading, detestable, dirty, disgraceful, disreputable, down, ignominious, infamous, insignificant, loathsome, low, low life*, mean,no good*, pitiful,… …   New thesaurus

  • despicable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving hatred and contempt. DERIVATIVES despicably adverb. ORIGIN Latin despicabilis, from despicari look down on …   English terms dictionary

  • despicable — [di spik′ə bəl, des′pi kə bəl] adj. [LL despicabilis: see DESPISE] deserving to be despised; contemptible despicableness n. despicably adv …   English World dictionary

  • despicable — adj. despicable to + inf. (it was despicable of him to desert his family) * * * [dɪ spɪkəbl] despicable to + inf. (it was despicable of him to desert his family) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • despicable — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ find sth ▪ What I find particularly despicable is their neglect of old people. ADVERB ▪ absolutely, t …   Collocations dictionary

  • despicable — des|pic|a|ble [dıˈspıkəbəl, ˈdespı ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: despicabilis, from Latin despicari to look down on ] extremely bad, immoral, or cruel ▪ It s despicable the way he treats those kids. ▪ a despicable act of terrorism …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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