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detest

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verb de·test \di-ˈtest, dē-\

Simple Definition of detest

  • : to dislike (someone or something) very strongly

Full Definition of detest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to feel intense and often violent antipathy toward :  loathe

  3. 2 obsolete :  curse, denounce

de·test·er noun

Examples of detest

  1. <I detest pepperoni, and wouldn't eat it if you paid me!>



Origin of detest

Middle French detester or Latin detestari; Middle French detester, from Latin detestari, literally, to curse while calling a deity to witness, from de- + testari to call to witness — more at testament


First Known Use: circa 1535

Synonym Discussion of detest

hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice <hated the enemy with a passion>. detest suggests violent antipathy <detests cowards>. abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance <a crime abhorred by all>. abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation <abominates all forms of violence>. loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance <loathed the mere sight of them>.


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