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

Definition of detestable 

: arousing or meriting intense dislike : abominable

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Other Words from detestable

detestableness noun
detestably \ -​blē \ adverb

Examples of detestable in a Sentence

He is a detestable villain. the detestable actions of a nasty little man

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Keely Vasquez, who plays the thanklessly detestable Gussie Carnegie (the name says it all), delivers far more than this object of Sondheim hatred usually delivers. Chris Jones,, "'Merrily We Roll Along' is Sondheim's wisdom on life pushing us forward," 31 Jan. 2018 But here in the U.S., chili is considered delicious and far from detestable. Eric Velasco,, "Cook up the perfect game day chili with these recipes," 5 Jan. 2018 Some of it has been riddled with detestable ideology -- some arguable, some blatant -- and others have been praise-worthy pieces of progress embedded in song. Trish Bendix, Billboard, "25 Songs About Gender Identity," 20 Sep. 2017 When the debaters attempted to move to a private broadcasting location, the protestors—many in masks, a common tactic also used by the detestable Ku Klux Klan—pulled fire alarms, surrounded the speakers, and began physically assaulting them. Time, "Colleges Are an 'Echo Chamber of Political Correctness.' Read Jeff Sessions' Speech on Campus Free Speech," 11 Sep. 2017 Smith said because child abuse crimes are so detestable, some defendants will never take responsibility. Deanna Boyd,, "Child abuse trials: ‘There are no higher stakes’," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of detestable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of detestable

: causing or deserving strong dislike : deserving to be detested

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