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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Dislike intensely.

    ‘of all birds the carrion crow is the most detested by gamekeepers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a difference between hating something and detesting it.’
    • ‘But the really amazing thing is that so many others in the free world not only do not agree but loathe and detest this message and its messengers.’
    • ‘I loathe AND detest the game - and that's all it is, kids, just a silly game.’
    • ‘I truly detest this particular shudder-worthy side of modern town life.’
    • ‘Wodehouse is loved by Indians who loathe Kipling and detest the Raj and all its works.’
    • ‘I know you detest them; hate doesn't do justice to how you must feel, but you have to calm down.’
    • ‘Now while many people are afraid of mice, they can absolutely hate and detest rats!’
    • ‘I hate launch week because you suddenly detest all of the work that you've put your heart into for months.’
    • ‘We might hate queue jumpers, but we also detest hypocrites and bludgers.’
    • ‘He loves guns, one of you detests them, the other dislikes them.’
    • ‘Frege disliked the move to democracy, and detested it even more as the socialists gained power.’
    • ‘But it also seems that, if you look to those who tend to dislike him, you very quickly find those who positively detest him.’
    • ‘The strongest opinion she will offer - during a long conversation peppered with rather gushing remarks about her ‘hugely interesting job’ - is that she detests reality television.’
    • ‘These and similarly insulting fatuities are the language of a politician who detests political generalities, works mostly by innocent intuition and who is celebrated by the masses.’
    • ‘In short, in a country that detests the very idea of reform, the room for manoeuvre is virtually zero.’
    • ‘Today's evangelical right detests that tradition and seeks nothing short of a state-sponsored religion.’
    abhor, hate, loathe, despise, abominate, execrate, regard with disgust, feel disgust for, feel repugnance towards, feel distaste for, shrink from, recoil from, shudder at, be unable to bear, be unable to abide, feel hostility to, feel aversion to, feel animosity to, find intolerable, dislike, disdain, have an aversion to
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/dəˈtest/ /dəˈtɛst/


Late 15th century from Latin detestari, from de- ‘down’ + testari ‘witness, call upon to witness’ (from testis ‘a witness’).