de·spic·a·ble (dĭ-spĭkə-bəl, dĕspĭ-kə-bəl)
Deserving of contempt or scorn; vile.
[Late Latin dēspicābilis, from Latin dēspicārī, to despise; see spek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: The original standard pronunciation of despicable had stress on the first syllable. During the 1900s, the placement of stress gradually shifted to the second syllable, and now that pronunciation is the usual one.
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