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Definition deserving intense dislike
  • I think Umbridge is the most detestable character in the Harry Potter books.
detestable = deserving intense dislike
  • Jefferson described the legislation as detestable.
  • detestable = offensive (deserving intense dislike)
  • If it's not too late, I want to eliminate my more detestable vices before I get married.
  • detestable = offensive (deserving intense dislike)
  •   [speaking to the tomb that holds Juliet]
      Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
      Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • detestable = hated or horrible
  • Most detestable death, by thee beguil'd,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • detestable = hated
  • There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something down-right detestable.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.
    Romain Rolland
  • A hopeless, helpless loafer, useful to no one and detestable to himself—this was what the treachery of the Bellegardes had made of him.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Kill me if thou wilt, detestable Huron; I will go no further.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Could anything be more detestable?
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Finalement, they leave that detestable apartment in Madrid!
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • What a detestable boy Tibby was!
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It would be easy to lie to you; but the truth is I think it detestable.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Scarcely had I set foot in Paris ere I had fresh evidence of the detestable interest taken by this Wilson in my concerns.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • But this seemed to her to be a horror—a wantonness, all the more detestable to her, because she so detested Florence.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Well, what is this immediate grasp of a situation as a whole supposed to be if not the intuition they find so detestable?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He didn't suffer, as many "honest men" do, from the detestable righteousness that diminishes their virtue.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He was in a horrible, in a detestable humor—to see the ocean stretching interminably before his eyes.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • It was the first time it had ever occurred to me, that this detestable cant of false humility might have originated out of the Heep family.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • How detestable, how detestable they are!
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway

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