Origin of despicableLate Latin despicabilis: see despise
An example of a despicable person was Jack the Ripper.
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)
- Yes, what she did early on was despicable in our minds, but put yourself in her position.
- My father did it because, to him, lying was so despicable he was forced to respond in a like manner.
- Are we despicable Germans?
- Though I so love him and trust his every word, I can't help but tremble at even the prospect I shall at last exchange this soiled and despicable life for another.
- This did not appear the worst, nor by any means a despicable alternative.