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

Definition of detestable

: arousing or meriting intense dislike : abominable

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Other Words from detestable

detestableness noun
detestably \ di-​ˈte-​stə-​blē How to pronounce detestably (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 Reminding the public of Trump officials’ responsibility for detestable policies seems like a suitable counterweight to the advantages customarily enjoyed by alumni of presidential administrations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Shaming? Absolution? Jail? How to treat those complicit in Trump’s wrongdoing," 30 Oct. 2020 Played by anyone else, Felix would be a detestable, sexist cad. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'On the Rocks': Is too much Bill Murray, bona fide national treasure, a good thing?," 2 Oct. 2020 The reality has been tested by many millions, and found to be detestable. George Melloan, WSJ, "Socialism Strikes Back," 4 Feb. 2020 The openness that allows art to be remixed toward detestable political ends is also what allows something hateful to be redeemed. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Misogynistic Joke That Became a Goth-Meme Fairy Tale," 3 Feb. 2020 There is a captivating oddity to how this tastily detestable character speaks, as if her frontal lobe were programmed with grammar and usage flash cards. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime Movie Nails the College-Admissions Scandal," 10 Oct. 2019 Some of Reed’s characters are detestable, their behavior inexcusable. Greg Kot,, "Lou Reed reconsidered: Did self-sabotage obscure some of his best music?," 1 Oct. 2019 Allison Janney, Connie Britton, Holland Taylor, and Alanna Ubach (as a deeply detestable Jeanine Pirro) are all to varying degrees playing women complicit in perpetuating Ailes’ reign of terror. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 Ferguson’s Rose the Hat is one of the best movie villains in recent memory, by turns arousing and detestable, but always riveting. John Wenzel, The Know, "Review: “Doctor Sleep” melds King, Kubrick’s dark visions into an alluring nightmare," 8 Nov. 2019

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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 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of detestable

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

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