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Inspiring or deserving abhorrence or scorn. See Synonyms at hateful.

de·test′a·bil′i·ty, de·test′a·ble·ness n.
de·test′a·bly adv.
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(271) And in the court of public opinion, the naivete of doctors has done little to detract from the detestability of Purdue designing OxyContin for profit, rather than for patient well-being, (272) and it holding fast to its "Q12h" dosing campaign to protect its hegemony in the painkiller market.
Most major democracies and countries on every continent formally track lawbreakers for sex crimes, emphasizing its global detestability.
He also stresses Barlow's pompous nature and quick temper that combined to add an element of controversy, and detestability, to the general's character.