American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deserving of contempt or scorn; vile.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless.
- adj. morally reprehensible
- 1550s, from Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin dēspiciō ("I despise"), from de ("down") + speciō ("I look at, behold"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin dēspicābilis, from Latin dēspicārī, to despise; see spek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Binyamin Netanyahu's robust statement placed what he described as a despicable act – which shattered the relative calm in the West Bank over recent months – at the centre of strenuous efforts by the US and European countries to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.”
“Rutgers women's basketball players today blast Don Imus for what they call his despicable language about their team, but the players have agreed to meet with Imus to hear his point of view.”
“He's apologizing for what he calls his despicable words after he was arrested for drunken driving.”
“CNN's Brooke Anderson has more on the arrest, Gibson's apology for what he calls despicable remarks and the alleged cover-up.”
“Police management on Thursday condemned what it described as despicable rumours about members of the board of trustees of the police medical aid scheme Polmed.”
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“Out of what you call the despicable race of Negroes, debased, demoralized by two hundred years of slavery, 100,000 of them imported into the island within four years, unable to speak a dialect intelligible even to each other.”
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“Aaron Burr are largely reduced to an amusing but pointless conversation with four gigantic hoodlums from Baltimore who are asked to interpret the word "despicable," which triggered the Burr-Hamilton duel.”
“Civil Protection Minister Michalis Chryssochoidis condemned what he called a despicable act of terrorism.”
“Yale is not new to fraternities acting in despicable, misogynistic ways," she said, pointing to a 2008 incident in which the Zeta Psi fraternity posed for a group picture in front of the Women's Center holding a sign that read "We love Yale Sluts.”
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