• WordNet 3.6
    • adj detestable unequivocally detestable "abominable treatment of prisoners","detestable vices","execrable crimes","consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke"
    • adj detestable offensive to the mind "an abhorrent deed","the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee","morally repugnant customs","repulsive behavior","the most repulsive character in recent novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Detestable Worthy of being detested; abominable; extremely hateful; very odious; deserving abhorrence; as, detestable vices. "Thou hast defiled my sanctuary will all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • detestable To be detested; hateful; abominable; execrable; very odious.
    • detestable Synonyms Odious, execrable, abhorred, vile. See list under abominable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Detestable worthy of being detested: extremely hateful: abominable
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual.”
  • Peter Wastholm
    Peter Wastholm
    “All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. detestabilis,: cf. F. détestable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. detestāride, inten., and testāri, to call to witness, execrate—testis, a witness.


In literature:

What a detestable voice she has!
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Coming events cast their shadows before, and I know I shall detest a guardianess.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
Alive, she had detested him; dead, she could gaze on him with indifference.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
I felt I detested him, and he should know why.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
In ours, the general contempt of the people is as fatal as their detestation.
"English Satires" by Various
The detestable treason of Hull has, indeed, excited a deep anxiety in all breasts.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
And committees she detested.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
He detested his presence there, and its object.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Sometimes I think you care for me; sometimes that you hate and detest me.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
The inventors of the dogma of eternal torments in hell, have made of the God whom they call so good, the most detestable of beings.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier

In poetry:

Lucifer. Ah light! detested light!
Yet once again I look toward thy rays,
The sightless mole of hell,
And like a frantic angel,
Dazzled and grieved at heart,
Immortally I die.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 4." by William Cowper
"From those rude scenes remote her gentle balm,
Dear to the suff'ring spirit, peace applies;
Peace! 'tis th' oblivious lake's detested calm,
Whose dull, slow waters never fall or rise.
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
Like the dear friends who ne'er forsake me—
Whatever sorrows overtake me—
In spite of all my faults which make me
Myself detest,
They still cling to and kindly take me
Unto their breast.
"Suggested" by David John Scott
With her prize she escaped, from her visit uncheck'd;
Soon a change so unwish'd, was to Azima known,
She detested the diamond, with which she was deckt,
Sent back the new gem, and demanded her own.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
For countless years their childish fears
Have made the reader pale,
For countless years the public's tears
Have started at the tale,
For countless years much detestation
Has been expressed for their relation.
"How The Babes In The Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
He was a Glug of simple charm;
He wished no living creature harm.
His kindly smile like sunlight fell
On all about, and wished them well.
Yet, 'spite the cheerful soul of Sym,
The great Sir Stodge detested him.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis

In news:

Mazz's Top 5 most detestable Red Sox teams.
I detested problem sets in graduate school.
Every generation has its particularly detested music genres: rock 'n' roll, disco, punk, hair metal, rap, nü-metal.
Eleven years ago our nation was attacked by people who detest our freedom.
For the record, I hate, I detest, and I despise not only Trainee Fees but the very concept of a brokerage firm being able to recoup a portion of its cost in preparing trainees to become registered.
As the third of four children, I suffer from a fair bit of middle-child syndrome and tend to detest sibling comparisons.
How could I not want to read a book that has a smiling black greyhound on the cover even though I detest when people call female dogs " bitches .".
Any hope he just doesn't like the hideous leaf blowers we all detest.
Detestable tantrums no substitute for sledging.
I detest waiting in lines.
Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose is certainly one of the most beloved, but also detested musicians in rock history.
It could have been at a very young age when I detested milk.
I will stipulate that I detest politics, politicians, polls, debates and Sunday morning talk shows devoted to the aforementioned topics.
Fall into that nebulous 'Normal American Woman Size' that legions of fashion stylists detest.
I usually detest gory films.

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