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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Detestabill, -ab(i)le, adj. Also: detaist-, deteist-, deteastabill, detasteable. [Late ME. detestable (Caxton), OF. detestable, L. dētestābilis.] Detestable, hateful, odious.(a) 1461 Liber Plusc. 387.
Keip ws, that we eir nocht opinly, To mak ws till oure Makare detestabile
1513 Doug. vii. ix. 89.
The detestabill weris
1531 Bell. Boece I. 20.
Na thing is more detestabill to the goddis
Ib. II. 195.
Thir detestabill aithis and blasphlematioun
c1550 Rolland C. Venus ii. 295.
So terribill thay ar be apperance, Detestabill for to eik ane mischance
1572 Maitl. Q. lxii. 43.
To doe ane deid so vyle and detestabill
(b) 1586 Digest Justiciary Proc. L. 40.
Being judiciallie accusit of the horribill, detaistabill, and treasonabill crymes
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii. (1699) 236.
The ... vice of incest, being so odious and detasteable
(c) a1578 Pitsc. II. 66/20.
The gret abuse of it is verrie deteistable to him
1605 Reg. Privy C. VII. 88.
The barbarous and deteastable form of living of the present inhabitants of the Lewis
1627 Ib. 2 Ser. II. 122.
Hir guyltynes of the deteastabill crymes of witchcraft [etc.]

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