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detest

[ dih-test ]
/ dɪˈtɛst /
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verb (used with object)

to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely.

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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

synonym study for detest

See hate.

OTHER WORDS FROM detest

de·test·er, nounun·de·test·ed, adjectiveun·de·test·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for detest

detest
/ (dɪˈtɛst) /

verb

(tr) to dislike intensely; loathe

Derived forms of detest

detester, 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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