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Despicable

Despise means to regard with contempt or scorn. It may also refer to:

despicable adj 1: worthy only of being despised and rejected; "a contemptible lack of courage"; "A little, wretched, despicable creature, a worm, a mere nothing...that has risen up in contempt against the majesty of Heaven and earth"- Jonathan Edwards [syn: {contemptible}] 2: morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them" [syn: {ugly}, {vile}, {unworthy}]

Despicable \Des"pi*ca*ble\, a. [L. despicabilis, fr. despicari to despise; akin to despicere. See {Despise}.] Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; as, a despicable man; despicable company; a despicable gift. Syn: Contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; pitiful; paltry; sordid; low; base. See {Contemptible}. [1913 Webster]

Detestable

Tactile paving (also called truncated domes, detectable warnings, Tactile Ground Surface Indicators, detectable warning surfaces) is a system of textured ground surface indicator found on footpaths, stairs and train station platforms to assist pedestrians who are visually impaired.

detestable adj 1: offensive to the mind; "an abhorrent deed"; "the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee"; "morally repugnant customs"; "repulsive behavior"; "the most repulsive character in recent novels" [syn: {abhorrent}, {obscene}, {repugnant}, {repulsive}] 2: unequivocally detestable; "abominable treatment of prisoners"; "detestable vices"; "execrable crimes"; "consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke [syn: {abominable}, {execrable}, {odious}]

Detestable \De*test"a*ble\, a. [L. detestabilis: cf. F. d['e]testable.] Worthy of being detested; abominable; extremely hateful; very odious; deserving abhorrence; as, detestable vices. [1913 Webster] Thou hast defiled my sanctuary will all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations. --Ezek. v. 11. Syn: Abominable; odious; execrable; abhorred. [1913 Webster]

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  • despicable: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • despicable: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • detestable: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • detestable: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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