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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