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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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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.
80) There is also some consensus on the detestability of surprise attacks at night (shabaykhun).
For the three generations of males in the House of Boys--the Amalfitano, Wilhelm, and Arturo--the detestability of women is expressed primarily in aesthetic terms: women are intolerably ugly.