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 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 Campy embraces the detestable with affection, as an actual aesthetic. Marie Southard Ospina,, 26 Jan. 2021 Played by anyone else, Felix would be a detestable, sexist cad. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2020 The reality has been tested by many millions, and found to be detestable. George Melloan, WSJ, 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, 3 Feb. 2020

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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 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of detestable

: causing or deserving strong dislike : deserving to be detested

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