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- n. The state or quality of being detestable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Capacity of being odious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being detestable; detestableness.
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Benjamin Latrobe, the “Father of American Architecture” who designed the U.S. Capitol, saw whites performing the Virginia Jig and called it “the excess of detestability.”
Oh, well I'm certainly not suggesting an objective standard of detestability.
Welsh Wales to English London, and gives us in _My Neighbours_ (MELROSE) a further collection of sketches pleasantly calculated to prove that the general detestability of his compatriots remains unchanged by their migration from a whitewashed cottage to a villa in Suburbia.
_Keeling's_ wife is worthy of a place in the author's long gallery of woolly-witted matrons; while in _Silverdale_ he has given a study of clerical futility and egotism almost savage in its detestability, a portrait at which one laughs and shudders together.
These horrors were mentioned in the order of their detestability, and with a rising accent.
Nevertheless it is plausibly urged that, as young ladies (_Mädchen_) are, to mankind, precisely the most delightful in those years; so young gentlemen (_Bübchen_) do then attain their maximum of detestability.
No glory discernable; not even terror: at best, detestability, ill-matched with despicability!
All the King's Men let its protagonist, a charismatic and power hungry politician who loses all restraint, grow into his detestability, and Willy Stark devolves into the mire of corruption gracelessly.
With Bush and company in the Nixonian zone of detestability, the Bushies tell us really it’s God, history, or Gen. David Petraeus — anything that will keep the Bush regime from being cast as the voice of its own administration — that now decides.
Charles Lamb used to say); a flayed horse's head without the spiritualism, good or bad, -- and simply figures on my mind as a detestability; which I had much rather never have seen.