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.
- Of the detestable Tiptoft he writes that there flowered in.
- 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."
- Williams private character was detestable: he was cruel, lascivious, greedy of gain, a habitual breaker of oaths and promises, ungrateful and irreligious.
- He was a detestable intriguer, and had given his brother just offence by a series of deeds of high-handed violence and by perpetual cavilling.