One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deserving intense dislike.‘I found the film's violence detestable’
abhorrent, detested, hateful, hated, loathsome, loathed, despicable, despised, abominable, abominated, execrable, execrated, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, horrible, horrid, horrifying, awful, heinous, reprehensible, obnoxious, odious, nauseating, offensive, contemptibleView synonyms
- ‘The first is that racial and ethnic preferences are detestable; the second is that minority participation in mainstream institutions is desirable.’
- ‘I felt I was a detestable person and I hated myself and had all the feelings of failure.’
- ‘It will have rid the world of a detestable dictatorship.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Allen's characters, both the admirable ones and the detestable ones, are intensely alive, and we know this by their distinctive voices.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin detestabilis, from the verb detestari (see detest).
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