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Definitions for detestable
dɪˈtɛs tə bəlde·testable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsiveadjective

    offensive to the mind

    "an abhorrent deed"; "the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee"; "morally repugnant customs"; "repulsive behavior"; "the most repulsive character in recent novels"

  2. abominable, detestable, execrable, odiousadjective

    unequivocally detestable

    "abominable treatment of prisoners"; "detestable vices"; "execrable crimes"; "consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke


  1. detestableadjective

    Stimulating disgust or detestation; offensive; shocking.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Detestableadjective

    Hateful; abhorred; abominable; odious.

    Etymology: from detest.

    Beguil’d, divorc’d, wrong’d, spighted, slain!
    Most detestable death. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    He desired him, and the residue of the Scottish nobility, to consider that both armies consisted of Christians, to whom nothing is more detestable than effusion of human blood. John Hayward.


  1. detestable

    Detestable refers to something that is abhorred, disliked intensely, or is deserving of strong hatred or intense disapproval. It typically describes something or someone considered extremely unpleasant, offensive, or morally repugnant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detestableadjective

    worthy of being detested; abominable; extremely hateful; very odious; deserving abhorrence; as, detestable vices

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detestable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detestable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of detestable in a Sentence

  1. Jim Carafano:

    The problem is, when you buy oil from Venezuela, essentially what you're doing is you're putting dollars in to prop up the economy and more entrench the Maduro regime, and at the same time, the only reason why this regime is existing at all, is on life support, is because of support from the Chinese, the Russians and the Cubans. So you have really the most detestable regime in Latin America that’s basically subsisting on these external actors.

  2. Virginia Woolf:

    Publicity in women is detestable. Anonymity runs in their blood. The desire to be veiled still possesses them. They are not even now as concerned about the health of their fame as men are, and, speaking generally, will pass a tombstone or a signpost without feeling an irresistible desire to cut their names on it.

  3. George Washington:

    Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.

  4. Primo Levi:

    In order for the wheel to turn, for life to be lived, impurities are needed, and the impurities of impurities in the soil, too, as is known, if it is to be fertile. Dissension, diversity, the grain of salt and mustard are needed: Fascism does not want them, forbids them, and that's why you're not a Fascist; it wants everybody to be the same, and you are not. But immaculate virtue does not exist either, or if it exists it is detestable.

  5. Herman Melville, Moby Dick:

    Men may seem detestable as joint stock-companies and nations; knaves, fools, and murderers there may be; men may have mean and meagre faces; but man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes.

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