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[dih-test] /dɪˈtɛst/
verb (used with object)
to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely.
Origin of detest
1525-35; < Middle French detester < Latin dētestārī to call down a curse upon, loathe, equivalent to dē- de- + testārī to bear witness; see testate
Related forms
detester, noun
undetested, adjective
undetesting, adjective
abhor, loathe, abominate, execrate, despise. See hate.
love, like. Unabridged
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(transitive) to dislike intensely; loathe
Derived Forms
detester, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dētestārī to curse (while invoking a god as witness), from de- + testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness
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Word Origin and History for detest

early 15c., "to curse, to call God to witness and abhor," from Middle French détester, from Latin detestari "to curse, execrate, abominate, express abhorrence for," literally "denounce with one's testimony," from de- "from, down" (see de-) + testari "be a witness," from testis "witness" (see testament). Related: Detested; detesting.

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