verb de·test \di-ˈtest, dē-\

: to dislike (someone or something) very strongly

Full Definition of DETEST

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


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