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Definitions for despicable
ˈdɛs pɪ kə bəl, dɪˈspɪk ə-de·spi·ca·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretchedadjective

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"


  1. despicableadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DESPICABLEadjective

    Contemptible; vile; mean; sordid; worthless. It is applied equally to persons or things.

    Etymology: despicabilis, Latin.

    Our case were miserable, if that wherewith we most endeavour to please God, were in his sight so vile and despicable as mens disdainful speech would make it. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 23.

    Their heads as low
    Bow’d down in battle, sunk before the spears
    Of despicable foes. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i. 437.

    All th’ earth he gave thee to possess and rule,
    No despicable gift! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 340.

    All the quiet that could be expected from such a reign, must be the result of absolute power on the one hand, and a despicable slavery on the other. Addison.

    When men of rank and figure pass away their lives in criminal pursuits and practices, they render themselves more vile and despicable than any innocent man can be, whatever low station his fortune and birth have placed him in. Addison.


  1. despicable

    Despise (adjective form: despicable) means to regard with contempt or scorn.


  1. despicable

    Despicable refers to something or someone that is deserving of intense contempt, hatred, or disgust because of their immoral, wicked, or repulsive behavior, qualities, or actions. It is often used to describe behavior that is considered extremely unfair, unacceptable or disgracefully shameful.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despicableadjective

    fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; as, a despicable man; despicable company; a despicable gift

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Despicable

    des′pi-ka-bl, adj. deserving to be despised: contemptible: worthless.—ns. Des′picableness, Despicabil′ity.—adv. Des′picably. [L. despicĕre, to despise.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of despicable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of despicable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of despicable in a Sentence

  1. James Mitchell:

    The suggestion that the men and women of the CIA who put their lives on the line after 9/11 lied to the Senate, lied to the President and used bogus intelligence for some nefarious reason that's unknown, people gave their lives to protect the American people. And the last thing the Democrats want to do as they leave office is to smear their memory. It's despicable.

  2. Yaacov Behrman:

    Whoever did this must be held accountable for their actions, i commend the local authorities, who have said that they are taking this despicable act seriously.

  3. Albert Camus:

    Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    What the Republican governor is doing in Texas is just despicable, despicable, it boils my blood to even watch what they're doing to these brave people … when there's not any serious evidence of voter fraud.

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