An example of a despicable person was Jack the Ripper.
Origin of despicableLate Latin despicabilis: see despise
Origin of despicableLate Latin dēspicābilis from Latin dēspicārī to despise ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The original standard pronunciation of despicable had stress on the first syllable. During the 1900s, the placement of stress gradually shifted to the second syllable, and now that pronunciation is the usual one.
(comparative more despicable, superlative most despicable)