- 1Intense dislike: Wordsworth’s detestation of aristocracyMore example sentences
- 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 neighbourhoodMore example sentences
- 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).