despicable

[des-pi-kuh-buhl, dih-spik-uh-]
adjective
deserving to be despised; contemptible: a mean, despicable man.

Origin:
1545–55; < Late Latin dēspicābilis, equivalent to Latin dēspic(ārī) to despise or dēspic(ere) to look down (dē- de- + -spic- look, combining form of specere) + -ābilis -able

despicability, despicableness, noun
despicably, adverb


vile, mean, detestable.


admirable.
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despicable (dɪˈspɪkəbəl, ˈdɛspɪk-)
 
adj
worthy of being despised; contemptible; mean
 
[C16: from Late Latin dēspicābilis, from dēspicārī to disdain; compare despise]
 
despica'bility
 
n
 
de'spicableness
 
n
 
de'spicably
 
adv

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despicable
1553, from L.L. despicabilis, from L. despicari "look down on," from de- "down" + variant of specere "to look" (see scope (1)).
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Example sentences
He's good at playing politics -- in the most despicable sense of the word.
Taking advantage of an unsuspecting audience is rather despicable.
But some of his behavior was despicable.
His behavior is despicable, no doubt.
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