Worthy of hatred or repulsion; despicable


US English

UK English

Part of speech



hateful, loathsome, detestable, abhorrent, odious


commendable, likable, lovable, admirable

Example sentences

  • The detestable actions of the criminal made him a wanted man.
  • She had a strong aversion to the detestable man who had wronged her.
  • The detestable behavior of the con artist made him an enemy to many.


The word “detestable” is used to describe something that is worthy of hatred or repulsion, and is often used to suggest dislike or abhorrence. It implies that a person or thing is deserving of strong disapproval, and may be seen as being morally or ethically wrong. The word is often used in a negative context, indicating a lack of respect or consideration. A person or thing that is described as “detestable” may be seen as being unethical, unjust, or wicked, and is not necessarily viewed as being a good or acceptable thing. In some contexts, the term may be used more broadly to describe anything that is worthy of hatred or repulsion