Deserving or causing disgust or hatred


US English

UK English

Part of speech



contemptible, detestable, hateful, loathsome, execrable


admirable, lovely, pleasing, attractive, commendable

Example sentences

  • The despicable actions of the criminal made him widely reviled.
  • She felt disgusted by the despicable man who had taken advantage of her trust.
  • The despicable behavior of the corrupt official made him a target for investigation.


The word “despicable” is used to describe someone or something that is deserving or causing disgust or hatred. It is often used to suggest a lack of moral or ethical values, and may be seen as being reprehensible or detestable. The word is often used in a negative context, indicating a lack of respect or dignity. A person or thing that is described as “despicable” may be seen as being unacceptable, offensive, or contemptible, and is not necessarily viewed as being a good or desirable thing. In some contexts, the term may be used more broadly to describe anything that is deserving or causing disgust or hatred