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[dee-te-stey-shuh n] /ˌdi tɛˈsteɪ ʃən/
abhorrence; hatred.
a person or thing detested.
Origin of detestation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētestātiōn- (stem of dētestātiō), equivalent to dētestāt(us) (past participle of dētestārī to detest; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Sometimes his family almost worship him, while thousands speak his name with detestation.

    Beyond Henry Seward Hubbard
  • He was the admiration of all the mothers, and the detestation of all their sons.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The unresisting acquiescence of the Acadians only deepens his detestation of the cupidity and religious bigotry of their spoilers.

  • The detestation of the people for the British can hardly be conceived.

  • The emigrant royalists who had taken refuge there ostentatiously displayed their detestation of the democratic prince.

    Louis Philippe John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Pet also was stirred with the detestation of sin in orderly people that actuates disorderly people.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Thirdly, that they are never set forth as the objects of ridicule, but detestation.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • And she would have blushed in the attempt to explain why; it would have revealed a detestation of her lot.

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British Dictionary definitions for detestation


intense hatred; abhorrence
a person or thing that is detested
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Word Origin and History for detestation

mid-15c., from French détestation (14c.), from Latin detestationem (nominative detestatio) "execration, detestation," from past participle stem of detestari (see detest).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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