despicable

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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,… …

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

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 despicable — [[t]dɪspɪ̱kəb(ə)l, AM de̱spɪk [/t]] ADJ GRADED (emphasis) If you say that a person or action is despicable, you are emphasizing that they are extremely nasty, cruel, or evil. The Minister, who visited the scene a few hours after the explosion,… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 despicable — adjective extremely unpleasant;: a despicable liar | It s despicable the way he treats those kids. despicably adverb: grinning despicably …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 despicable — 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 contemptible • despicableness …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 despicable — despicability, despicableness, n. despicably, adv. /des pi keuh beuhl, di spik euh /, adj. deserving to be despised; contemptible: a mean, despicable man. [1545 55; < LL despicabilis, equiv. to L despic(ari) to despise or despic(ere) to look down …

    Universalium

  • 16 despicable — des|pi|ca|ble [ dı spıkəbl ] adjective extremely unpleasant: These were particularly despicable crimes. ╾ des|pi|ca|bly [ dı spıkəbli ] adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 despicable — adjective despicable crimes Syn: contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible, abhorrent, abominable, awful, heinous; odious, vile, low, mean, abject, shameful, ignominious, shabby, ignoble, disreputabl …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 despicable — UK [dɪˈspɪkəb(ə)l] / US adjective extremely unpleasant These were particularly despicable crimes. Derived word: despicably UK [dɪˈspɪkəblɪ] / US adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 19 despicable — [dɪˈspɪkəb(ə)l] adj extremely unpleasant despicable crimes[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 despicable — adjective Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless …

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