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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deserving of contempt or scorn; vile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may be or deserves to be despised; contemptible; base; vile; worthless: applicable equally to persons and things: as, a despicable man; a despicable gift.
  • Synonyms Paltry, Pitiful, etc. See contemptible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. morally reprehensible

Etymologies

Late Latin dēspicābilis, from Latin dēspicārī, to despise; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1550s, from Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin dēspiciō ("I despise"), from de ("down") + speciō ("I look at, behold"). (Wiktionary)

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