Definition of detest in English:

detest

Syllabification: de·test
Pronunciation: /dəˈtest
 
/

verb

[with object]
Dislike intensely: of all birds the carrion crow is the most detested by gamekeepers
More example sentences
  • They loathe tinsel, detest office parties and abhor rum balls of all kinds.
  • Some shoppers detest them intensely, while millions will use them but can't be bothered to claim the benefits.
  • It is ironic that the general population hates drug dealers, but fears and often detests the police just as much.
Synonyms
abhor, hate, loathe, despise, shrink from, be unable to bear, find intolerable, dislike, disdain, have an aversion to
formal abominate

Origin

late 15th century: from Latin detestari, from de- 'down' + testari 'witness, call upon to witness' (from testis 'a witness').

Derivatives

detester

noun
More example sentences
  • But now I pray to Allah to cure me in order for me to take revenge on those detesters of everything Arab and Muslim.
  • They had to get out of their house before Greg and his group of Irish detesters came by.
  • Also, apologies to parenthesis detesters and for sparse information of specific venues.

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