detest

[ 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 formsde·test·er, nounun·de·test·ed, adjectiveun·de·test·ing, adjective
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detest

/ (dɪˈtɛst) /

verb

(tr) to dislike intensely; loathe
Derived Formsdetester, noun

Word Origin for detest

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 detest

detest


v.

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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