verb (used with object)
Origin of detest
Examples from the Web for detest
It stands, in short, for everything a leftist should detest.Meet Stephen F. Cohen, Vladimir Putin's Best Friend in the American Media|Cathy Young|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a Fox News survey, and that network knows its Republicans, they dislike her as thoroughly as they detest Obama.Nancy Pelosi Becoming House Speaker Again Would Be Sweet Justice|Robert Shrum|April 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I do not hate the Palestinians, but I detest most of their leaders and their political culture.
The Tea Party Republicans who detest, or more accurately hate, this president will be maddened by his reelection.GOP Civil War Is Coming as Mitt Romney Campaign Flails in Video’s Wake|Robert Shrum|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They detest the Republican Party almost as much as the Democratic Party.
I detest selfishness, and you have been so kind to Louisita, and she is aware how precious Cora is to us.Peak's Island|Ford Paul
I detest the idea that marriage changes our views, Margery; I loathe it.The Country House|John Galsworthy
Practically you detest me, but theoretically you love me à la Thinkright.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
Not that I particularly wish to know; because curiosity is a foible that I detest.Single Life|John Baldwin Buckstone
If you dislike us because we are too much like you, you will detest them because they are so different from you.
Word Origin 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.