• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Detestability Capacity of being odious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n detestability The state or quality of being detestable; detestableness.
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  • Alexander Pope
    “How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual.”
  • Decimus Magnus Ausonius
    Decimus Magnus Ausonius
    “Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
    “I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.”
  • Homer
    “I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another.”


In literature:

I reflected on the infatuation of my surviving parent, and the usurpation of the detestable Betty, with horror.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
That nobleman, detested by the people, had fled in all haste to Scotland.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I should detest myself if I were to be the cause of so much bloodshed.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Hamilton detested this practice, and sought by all honorable means, as he wrote to his wife, to avoid it.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
He detested fashionable crowds on any occasion, and most of all on this.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
She detested Protestantism entirely, in all shapes in which Knox approved of it.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
They want their taxes remitted and would like their children to be sent to school, to be brought up to detest honest work.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
There was nothing in the house but eggs and cider (which Napoleon detested).
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
I should hope I detest toadying as much as you!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He is a mixture of so many detestable qualities.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

"May I hope for a line that shall be all mine,
A song by the world unheard?
From rivals detested, shall the sandwich be wrested,
If thou wilt but say the word."
"The Song Of The Sandwich" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In vain he boasts of his detested prize;
No more it blooms, to British climes convey'd;
Cramp'd by the impulse of ungenial skies,
See its fresh vigour in a moment fade;
"Elegy XIV. Declining an Invitation To Visit Foreign Countries" by William Shenstone
Detested impotence of flatter'd charms,
That could not bind my Wanderer to my arms!
Ah! what avail'd your beauties, but to lure
That fleeting Love, ye knew not to secure!
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. First Epsitle." by Anna Seward
We know at tha brings us glad tidins ov Spring,
An for that art entitled to thanks;
But tha maks a poor fist when tha offers to sing,
An tha plays some detestable pranks.
"Cuckoo!" by John Hartley
I know their leader, Spleen, and the dread sway
Of rigid Eurus, his detested sire;
Through one my blossoms and my fruits decay;
Through one my pleasures and my hopes expire.
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
All men from sin must utterly depart,
Detest it quite, and root it from their heart,
Ere they can any friendship have with Christ,
And to their breasts admit the sacred guest.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

This perennial insists on having good soil drainage, and detests being over fertilized and over watered.
Of all the 'reality' shows, which one do you detest .
Mazz's Top 5 most detestable Red Sox teams.
Rumors swirl of smaller iPad, which Jobs detested .
Hurricane Dislodges Hot Dog Cart Detested by Beresford Residents.
Our inboxes at work are flooded with poorly written, unprofessional, ineffective e-mails—and as much as we detest them, most of us are guilty of sending just as many flawed messages as we receive.
I detest all my sins Because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell.
Some people detest junk mail .
They're also working on a mixture with the stench of rotting lamprey flesh, which live ones detest, and another that smells of baby lampreys , which adults love.
How is it that a film about the love of art can make art seem so detestable.
There screen'd in shades from day's detested glare, Spleen sighs for ever on her pensive bed, Pain at her side, and megrim at her head.
13 says " if a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable and must be put to death".
He detested New Deal policies but argued the court had no right to overturn them.
I detested problem sets in graduate school.
Later he says he detests the Kochs, Karl Rove, Fox News, etc and says he hates their politics.

In science:

People cherish this kind of point laws owing to their infrequent existence, but perhaps Nature detests and rejects them, since the probability of creating them is zero.
From quantum motion to classical motion - seeking the lost reality