detestable

[dih-tes-tuh-buhl]

adjective

deserving to be detested; abominable; hateful.

Nearby words

  1. deterministic,
  2. deterrence,
  3. deterrent,
  4. detersive,
  5. detest,
  6. detestation,
  7. dethatch,
  8. dethrone,
  9. detick,
  10. detinue

Origin of detestable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin dētestābilis, equivalent to dētest(ārī) to detest + -ābilis -able

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British Dictionary definitions for detestable

detestable

adjective

being or deserving to be abhorred or detested; abominable; odious
Derived Formsdetestability or detestableness, noundetestably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for detestable

detestable

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French détestable (14c.), from Latin detestabilis "execrable, abominable," from detestari (see detest). Related: Detestably.

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