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English definition of “despicable”

despicable

adjective     /dɪˈspɪk.ə.bl̩/
very unpleasant or bad , causing strong feelings of dislike : despicable behaviour He's a despicable human being! It was despicable of her to lie about her friend .Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad despicably     /-bli/ adverb I think you behaved despicably.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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