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detestable Syllabification: de·test·a·ble
Pronunciation: /dəˈtestəb(ə)l/

Definition of detestable in English:


Deserving intense dislike: I found the film’s violence detestable
More example sentences
  • I felt I was a detestable person and I hated myself and had all the feelings of failure.
  • Allen's characters, both the admirable ones and the detestable ones, are intensely alive, and we know this by their distinctive voices.
  • The most vulnerable members of our society fall victim to the repulsive and detestable warlords and gang masters who conceal their depraved activity behind closed doors.


Pronunciation: /dəˈtestəblē/
Example sentences
  • ‘We shouldn't have come this far,’ he said quietly, some irrepressible and detestably responsible instinct rising up and taking him by surprise.
  • The woman was detestably sensible, opinionated, and outspoken and her son trusted her reasoning above all things, except, perhaps his own.
  • The thing is, is not cowardly, but profoundly and detestably wicked.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin detestabilis, from the verb detestari (see detest).

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