Origin of Detest
From Middle French detester, from Latin detestari (“to imprecate evil while calling the gods to witness", "denounce", "hate intensely”), from de- + testari (“to testify, bear witness”), from testis (“a witness”); see test, testify.
French détester from Latin dētestārī to curse dē- de- testārī to invoke (from testis witness trei- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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