[dee-te-stey-shuh n]
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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for detestation

hatred, abhorrence, revulsion, aversion

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Historical Examples of detestation

  • For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It is at about this period that my detestation of Calais knows no bounds.

  • Thirdly, that they are never set forth as the objects of ridicule, but detestation.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • His detestation of the race increased, while yet every nerve was alert to miss no chance.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for detestation


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper