verb (used with object)
to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely.

1525–35; < Middle French detester < Latin dētestārī to call down a curse upon, loathe, equivalent to dē- de- + testārī to bear witness; see testate

detester, noun
undetested, adjective
undetesting, adjective

abhor, loathe, abominate, execrate, despise. See hate.

love, like. Unabridged
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detest (dɪˈtɛst)
(tr) to dislike intensely; loathe
[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 & History

early 15c., from M.Fr. detester, from L. detestari "express abhorrence for," lit. "denounce with one's testimony," from de- "from, down" + testari "be a witness," from testis "witness" (see testament). Originally also trans., "to curse, to call God to witness and abhor."
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Example sentences
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.
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