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(v) to look down upon; to find digusting, distasteful or contemptible. Such a disgusting, distasteful or contemptible person is called dispicable. Origin: L de-, down + specere, to look at When asked what they despise, the stock answer for most people is 'hypocrites.' At no. 2 comes 'liars.' Most people say that hypocrisy is despicable. Yet, most people are hypocrites.