Definition of Detest

1. Verb. Dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards. "Sam and Sue detest the movie "; "She detests politicians"

Exact synonyms: Hate
Specialized synonyms: Abhor, Abominate, Execrate, Loathe, Contemn, Despise, Disdain, Scorn
Generic synonyms: Dislike
Derivative terms: Detestation, Hate, Hater
Antonyms: Love



Definition of Detest

1. v. t. To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.

Definition of Detest

1. Verb. (transitive) To dislike intensely; to loathe. ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete) To witness against; to denounce; to condemn. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Detest

1. to dislike intensely [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Detest

1. 1. To witness against; to denounce; to condemn. "The heresy of Nestorius . . . Was detested in the Eastern churches." (Fuller) "God hath detested them with his own mouth." (Bale) 2. To hate intensely; to abhor; to abominate; to loathe; as, we detest what is contemptible or evil. "Who dares think one thing, and another tell, My heart detests him as the gates of hell." (Pope) Synonym: To abhor, abominate, execrate. See Hate. Origin: L. Detestare, detestatum, and detestari, to curse while calling a deity to witness, to execrate, detest; de + testari to be a witness, testify, testis a witness: cf. F. Detester. See Testify. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Detest

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"(ibid., 1901) 57-58. high regard for human life which leads the Christian to detest the crime of abortion (xxxi-xxxvi). The treatise on the "Resurrection of ..."

2. A Cycle of Adams Letters, 1861-1865 by Charles Francis Adams, Henry Adams (1920)
"He is of all my countrymen one of the class that I most conspicuously and sincerely despise and detest. . . . HENRY ADAMS TO CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, JR. ..."

3. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... and we detest him as much as he is adored by his countrymen. We expect that you will find some effectual means to deliver us from this powerful enemy, ..."

4. The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People by William Sewel (1844)
"... and all his superstitions and idolatrous inventions ; and do affirm, that he hath no power to absolve siri : and I do abhor and detest his ..."

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