Definition of detest in English:
- 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.
- 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.
Late 15th century: from Latin detestari, from de- 'down' + testari 'witness, call upon to witness' (from testis 'a witness').
testicle from Late Middle English:
The ancient Romans felt that a man's testicles testified that he was male. They formed the word testiculus from Latin testis ‘witness’, the source also of attest (late 16th century); detest (Late Middle English) which originally meant to denounce; protest (Late Middle English); testify (Late Middle English); and intestate (Late Middle English) ‘without a witnessed will’. The testicles were the ‘witnesses’ of the man's virility.
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