from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inspiring or deserving abhorrence or scorn. See Synonyms at hateful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stimulating disgust or detestation; offensive; shocking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Worthy of being detested; abominable; extremely hateful; very odious; deserving abhorrence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be detested; hateful; abominable; execrable; very odious.
  • Synonyms Odious, execrable, abhorred, vile. See list under abominable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offensive to the mind
  • adj. unequivocally detestable


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  • 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.

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  • That's odd, because I think the word detestable in that verse is the same as the one in Leviticus 18: 22

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  • But the ad misleadingly omits Mr. Obama's having called Mr. Ayers 'conduct back then "detestable" -- and I agree with that.

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  • But the ad misleadingly omits Mr. Obama's having called Mr. Ayers 'conduct back then "detestable" - and I agree with that.

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  • And of course, the preferred alternative spelling for Moloch was Molek, known as the detestable god of the Ammonites.

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  • 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.

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  • PRIME MINISTER described as a detestable campaign and bury the hatchet and all the other weapons employed in it.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

    Roman and the Teuton

  • "Oh! unhappy Florence, when wilt thou say farewell to crimes which render thy name detestable among Italian states?"

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf


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