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des•pi•ca•ble /ˈdɛspɪkəbəl, dɪˈspɪkə-/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. deserving to be despised:a despicable lie.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
des•pi•ca•ble  (despi kə bəl, di spikə-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. deserving to be despised;
    contemptible:a mean, despicable man.
des′pi•ca•bili•ty, despi•ca•ble•ness, n. 
despi•ca•bly, adv. 
  • 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
  • 1545–55
    vile, mean, detestable.

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despicable /dɪˈspɪkəbəl ˈdɛspɪk-/ adj
  1. worthy of being despised; contemptible; mean
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin dēspicābilis, from dēspicārī to disdain; compare despise

deˈspicably adv

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