de·​test·​able | \ di-ˈte-stə-bəl How to pronounce detestable (audio) , dē- \

Definition of detestable

: arousing or meriting intense dislike : abominable

Other Words from detestable

detestableness noun
detestably \ di-​ˈte-​stə-​blē How to pronounce detestable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of detestable in a Sentence

He is a detestable villain. the detestable actions of a nasty little man
Recent Examples on the Web Written and directed by The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance, Gosling plays one of his most detestable roles as Dean Pereira, an earnest everyman who devolves into an abusive alcoholic. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 21 July 2022 The six-time major champion admits the Saudis have a detestable human rights record, but also thinks the PGA Tour needs competition. Scott Nover, Quartz, 12 June 2022 Typically, the detestable Russian bad guy, Boris Badenov, would try to harm the lovable North American good guys played by a moose and a squirrel. Bob Haber, Forbes, 28 May 2022 While a free trip to Hawaii sounds great, there's just one problem: her plus one is her detestable new brother-in-law, Ethan. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 An unequivocal rejection of this detestable president will send him packing. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 What is detestable, though, is McAuliffe’s disdain for lower-income families who want that same level of accountability from their children’s public schools. Rory Cooper, National Review, 1 Oct. 2021 But Feito, an obviously talented writer, gives us a Mrs. March who is detestable, a person who revels in other people’s failures. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Even the wave, seen recently at both Oracle Park and the Coliseum, isn’t as detestable as usual. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of detestable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Detestable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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