[[t]dɪspɪ̱kəb(ə)l, AM de̱spɪk-[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED (emphasis)
If you say that a person or action is despicable, you are emphasizing that they are extremely nasty, cruel, or evil.

The Minister, who visited the scene a few hours after the explosion, said it was a despicable crime.

contemptible, vile

English dictionary. 2008.


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