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despicable (adj.)

"that may be or deserves to be despised," 1550s, from Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari "despise, disdain," which is related to despicere "to look down upon," from de- "down" (see de-) + spicere, variant of specere "to look at" (from PIE root *spek- "to observe"). Related: Despicability; despicably; despicableness.

updated on July 25, 2020

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Definitions of despicable from WordNet

despicable (adj.)
morally reprehensible;
would do something as despicable as murder
Synonyms: ugly / vile / slimy / unworthy / worthless / wretched
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