detestation

noun
de·​tes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌte-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce detestation (audio) , di- \

Definition of detestation

1 : extreme hatred or dislike : abhorrence, loathing
2 : an object of hatred or contempt

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Examples of detestation in a Sentence

a congenital detestation of injustice, which drove her to become an activist for civil rights the family's pickiest eater is quite vehement in expressing his feelings about boiled cabbage, a particular detestation of his
Recent Examples on the Web Here all the liturgical phrases of the 19th-century religion of progress, which had seemed hollow and platitudinous to a young man growing up in America in detestation of the Sunday supplements, rang true. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Germany has set aside its traditional detestation for debt to unleash emergency spending, while enabling the rest of the European Union to breach limits on deficits. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2020 But how much of a life, free of troubles and self-detestation, can a 15-year-old boy concerned with raising an infant build before his sense of self is devoured? Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 3 Oct. 2019 On Iran, Trump’s detestation for diplomacy is equally dangerous. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, 6 Oct. 2017 The old Hollywood’s history of infatuation with newspapering met the new Hollywood’s detestation of Nixon. Mark Feeney, Slate Magazine, 14 June 2017 A few days earlier, social media heaped scorn upon David Mamet for his detestation of post-show discussions. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of detestation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Detestation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detestation. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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