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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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Examples from the web for detest
  • Little wonder that many faculty members detest department meetings.
  • Many detest their leader, though virtually none dare do so openly.
  • On a daily basis, these people bemoan, detest and feign outrage over utter fantasies.
  • And both claim to detest the bloated cronyism that has flourished since the transition to capitalism.
  • Farmers detest them because they destroy fences, root up crops and harbor livestock diseases.
  • They elect presidents from distinguished families because they detest aristocracies.
  • Injection is highly invasive and feared by people who detest needles.
  • There may be a politician who embodies every idea and policy you detest and fear.
  • Mead also blames bureaucrats unwilling to enforce policies they detest and misguided policy makers.
  • Which will of course result in all that downsizing and unemployment that these people claim to detest.
British Dictionary definitions for detest


(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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