Origin of detestableMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin detestabilis
The definition of detestable is disgusting, hateful or awful.
An example of something detestable is stabbing a best friend in the back multiple times.
Inspiring or deserving abhorrence or scorn. See Synonyms at hateful.
- de·test′a·bil′i·ty de·test′a·ble·ness
(comparative more detestable, superlative most detestable)
- Nouns to which "detestable" is often applied: crime, thing, practices, act, character, nature, person, conduct, villain, behavior.
OriginSee also: détestable
From Middle French détestable.
- " We are not born, but reborn, Christians," and that which when done for idols was detestable is acceptable when done for the martyrs.
- One Scotsman, bent on vindicating the fame of Scots learning, defied him to the combat in a detestable Latin hexameter: - "Maxime, si to vis, cupio contendere tecum."
- Of the detestable Tiptoft he writes that there flowered in.
- II onwards employs the technical term Y 4, detestable thing, and it is at least equally possible to treat the longer version of Leviticus as an expansion of Deut.
- On the other hand, there are in the book, in the description of Gargantua's and Pantagruel's education, in the sketch of the abbey of Thelema, in several passages relating to Pantagruel, expressions which either signify a sincere and unfeigned piety of a simple kind or else are inventions of the most detestable hypocrisy.