Definition of detestation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiːtɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Intense dislike: Wordsworth’s detestation of aristocracy
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  • She had not even spoken a word, and yet, Ashley could not help her intense feelings of detestation for her.
  • Ironically, the events of 9/11 and their sequel have catalysed, rather than retarded, the hardening of mutual distrust into mutual detestation.
  • His personal history is inspiring, as is his intellectual brilliance, knowledge of and detestation of fascism, communism and morally repugnant capitalism.
1.1 [count noun] archaic A detested person or thing: he is the detestation of the neighbourhood
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  • They are the detestation of the Trout bottom-angler, constantly nibbling away his bait, and tantalising him with vain hopes of a bite.
  • Now a game of chess was the special delight of Miss Broadus; and as it was the detestation of her sister Miss Juliana, the delight was seldom realized.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin detestatio(n-), from the verb detestari (see detest).

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