detestation

[dee-te-stey-shuh n]

noun

abhorrence; hatred.
a person or thing detested.

Nearby words

  1. deterrence,
  2. deterrent,
  3. detersive,
  4. detest,
  5. detestable,
  6. dethatch,
  7. dethrone,
  8. detick,
  9. detinue,
  10. detmold

Origin of detestation

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētestātiōn- (stem of dētestātiō), equivalent to dētestāt(us) (past participle of dētestārī to detest; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for detestation

detestation

noun

intense hatred; abhorrence
a person or thing that is detested
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Word Origin and History for detestation

detestation

n.

mid-15c., from French détestation (14c.), from Latin detestationem (nominative detestatio) "execration, detestation," from past participle stem of detestari (see detest).

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