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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Courtney must be stopped from carrying out more despicable crimes.
▪ Abusing a child is a despicable act.
▪ How could anyone believe such a low, despicable thing of her?
▪ It's despicable to make me admit it.
▪ Police say the man escaped across fields after what they said was a despicable attack.
▪ She is using the most despicable word she can think of.
▪ The first is purely despicable and the second is simply contemptible.
▪ To pretend would be despicable - or would it?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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; mean; vile; worthless; pitiful; paltry; sordid; low; base. See Contemptible.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari "despise, disdain, look down on," from de- "down" (see de-) + spicare, variant of specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).


a. Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless

  1. adj. worthy only of being despised and rejected; "a contemptible lack of courage"; "A little, wretched, despicable creature, a worm, a mere nothing...that has risen up in contempt against the majesty of Heaven and earth"- Jonathan Edwards [syn: contemptible]

  2. morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them" [syn: ugly, vile, unworthy]


Usage examples of "despicable".

I shall be pleased to accompany you, purely to ensure that you do not corrupt his morals with your despicable Arminian views.

For reasons entirely unclear to Kerry, Thomas contrived every despicable, backbreaking chore he could throw at him, from maneuvering an ancient plow behind two old oxen, to duping him into climbing to the top of Din Fallon in search of a haggis nest.

To those who study her character from her relations with the struggling Protestants of Holland and France, it will appear that she was, although intellectually great, morally one of the meanest, falsest, and most despicable of women.

When I consider this, I am prepared to say that it grieves my very soul that I have taken up the profession of knight errant in an age as despicable as the one we live in now, for although no danger can cause me to fear, it still fills me with misgivings to think that powder and tin may deprive me of the opportunity to become famous and renowned throughout the known world for the valor of my arm and the sharp edge of my sword.

Opium is one of the grimiest and most despicable legacies of British colonial history, yet it provided the basis for the founding of Hong Kong.

Even to show more caution, to hide in the lander, to have waved at the angels from behind a safe barricade of metal, the hatches locked and bolted, these would have been despicable acts, inviting someone with more heart to arrive and seize the glory.

He is a despicable old fraud, but no worse than any of the other Holiest Lamas, I suspect.

I, the admittedly despicable Jehu, to group you as my fellow convicts, my co-conspirators, in a sense?

Get your despicable, perspiring, bloated body away from this place before I get in my motorcar and run you down where you stand.

Thus they master entire Nature, and their stone is found wherever there is salt, which is the reason for saying that no substance is foreign to the Great Work, and that even the most despicable and apparently vile matters may be changed into gold, which is true in this sense, that they all contain the original salt-principle, represented in our emblems by the cubical stone.

This view has gained a modest amount of currency because it fits the popular impression of how the United States won the war in Afghanistan and because there are those who assume that because Saddam is even more despicable than the Taliban, the Iraqis will be even quicker than the Afghans to throw off his yoke if they see the United States firmly committed to this course of action.

Or, if the brigands were really going to do anything despicable to the unicorns, perhaps she and Colin would find a way to take appropriate action themselves.

Anyone who examines his postcards in bulk will notice that many of them are not despicable even as drawings, but it would be mere dilettantism to pretend that they have any direct aesthetic value.

Having more or less agreed to her terms right from the start, John Cross had ultimately reneged and, moreover, in the most treacherous and despicable way.

Terrible beasts are trypanosomes, sly, tough, as all despicable microbes are tough.