despicable


despicable
despicable
Pundits and usage gurus since Fowler (1926) have been urging us to pronounce despicable with the stress on the first syllable, but unsurprisingly usage has swung in favour of a more comfortable pattern with the stress on the second syllable.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • despicable — 1550s, from L.L. despicabilis, from L. despicari despise, disdain, look down on, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + spicare, variant of specere to look (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • despicable — *contemptible, pitiable, sorry, scurvy, cheap, beggarly, shabby Analogous words: *base, low, vile: ignominious, infamous, disgraceful (see corresponding nouns at DISGRACE): ignoble, *mean, abject, sordid Antonyms: praiseworthy, laudable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • despicable — [adj] hateful; beyond contempt abject, awful, base, beastly, cheap, contemptible, degrading, detestable, dirty, disgraceful, disreputable, down, ignominious, infamous, insignificant, loathsome, low, low life*, mean,no good*, pitiful,… …   New thesaurus

  • despicable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving hatred and contempt. DERIVATIVES despicably adverb. ORIGIN Latin despicabilis, from despicari look down on …   English terms dictionary

  • despicable — [di spik′ə bəl, des′pi kə bəl] adj. [LL despicabilis: see DESPISE] deserving to be despised; contemptible despicableness n. despicably adv …   English World dictionary

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