Dictionary.com

detest

[ dih-test ]
/ dɪˈtɛst /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: detest / detested on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object)
to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use detest in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK