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detestable

Anything that's so hateful or disgusting that you can't bear to think about it is detestable. Many little kids find all green vegetables to be utterly detestable.

It's pretty common for people to find hate speech detestable, as well as stepping on slugs in bare feet and the pungent smell of garbage. The verb detest means "hate" or "strongly dislike," and the adjective detestable brings in an element of disgust or offensiveness. The Latin root, detestabilis, means "abominable," from detestari, "curse or express abhorrence for."

Definitions of detestable
  1. adjective
    offensive to the mind
    synonyms: abhorrent, obscene, repugnant, repulsive
    offensive
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
  2. adjective
    unequivocally detestable
    detestable vices”
    synonyms: abominable, execrable, odious
    hateful
    evoking or deserving hatred
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