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detestable

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adjective de·test·able \di-ˈtes-tə-bəl, dē-\

Simple Definition of detestable

  • : causing or deserving strong dislike : deserving to be detested

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of detestable

  1. :  arousing or meriting intense dislike :  abominable

detestableness noun
detestably play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of detestable in a sentence

  1. He is a detestable villain.

  2. <the detestable actions of a nasty little man>



15th Century

First Known Use of detestable

15th century



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