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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 detested
  • The cotillion was detested and finally banned by the majority who wanted to dance ceaselessly throughout the evening.
  • Most secretaries detested their chiefs, and wished to be anything but useful.
  • Adored by some people, detested by others, the aroma is so powerful that a few ripe berries can perfume a room.
  • McCandless detested the world of accomplishment and prosperity.
  • He detested the retreat of so much modern poetry into the conjuring of fleeting or trivial experience.
  • He detested public speaking, and he no longer needed money, thanks to the immense popularity of his books.
  • Prison was his makeover, from detested robber baron to beloved martyr.
  • He said he liked them both and couldn't understand why they detested each other.
  • The frontier farmers detested the excise because it was only payable in cash, something rare on the western frontier.
  • Only occasionally did they serve the guard and fatigue details so detested by enlisted personnel.
British Dictionary definitions for detested


(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 detested



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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