- to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely.
Origin of detest
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Antonyms for detest
- (tr) to dislike intensely; loathe
Word Origin for detest
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.