[ dih-test ]
See synonyms for: detestdetested on

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

Origin of detest

First recorded in1525–35; from Middle French detester, from Latin dētestārī “to call down a curse upon, loathe,” equivalent to dē-de- + testārī “to bear witness”; see testate

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See hate.

Other words for detest

Opposites for detest

Other words from detest

  • de·test·er, noun
  • un·de·test·ed, adjective
  • un·de·test·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for detest


/ (dɪˈtɛst) /

  1. (tr) to dislike intensely; loathe

Origin of detest

C16: from Latin dētestārī to curse (while invoking a god as witness), from de- + testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness

Derived forms of detest

  • detester, noun

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