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detestable

[ dih-tes-tuh-buhl ]
/ dɪˈtɛs tə bəl /
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adjective
deserving to be detested; abominable; hateful.
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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
/ (dɪˈtɛstəbəl) /

adjective
being or deserving to be abhorred or detested; abominable; odious

Derived forms of detestable

detestability or detestableness, noundetestably, adverb
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