American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inspiring or deserving abhorrence or scorn. See Synonyms at hateful.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be detested; hateful; abominable; execrable; very odious.
- Synonyms Odious, execrable, abhorred, vile. See list under abominable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Worthy of being detested; abominable; extremely hateful; very odious; deserving abhorrence.
- adj. offensive to the mind
- adj. unequivocally detestable
“Her engagement at the luncheon-bar he spoke of as a detestable slavery, which had wasted her health and driven her in the end to an act of desperation.”
“That's odd, because I think the word detestable in that verse is the same as the one in Leviticus 18: 22”
“But the ad misleadingly omits Mr. Obama's having called Mr. Ayers 'conduct back then "detestable" -- and I agree with that.”
“But the ad misleadingly omits Mr. Obama's having called Mr. Ayers 'conduct back then "detestable" - and I agree with that.”
“And of course, the preferred alternative spelling for Moloch was Molek, known as the detestable god of the Ammonites.”
“I say, what name detestable enough could we find for such a being? yet, if we impartially consider the case, and our intermediate situation, we must acknowledge that, with regard to inferior animals, just such a being is a sportsman.”
“PRIME MINISTER described as a detestable campaign and bury the hatchet and all the other weapons employed in it.”
“The Egyptians had always been described as detestable enemies and oppressors, yet how enchanting everything seemed in the house of the first Egyptian warrior he had entered.”
“But why were this great king's good deeds towards the Pope and the Catholic faith rewarded, by what we can only call detestable intrigue and treachery?”
“Oh! unhappy Florence, when wilt thou say farewell to crimes which render thy name detestable among Italian states?”
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