Detest Definition

detested, detests
detested, detests
To dislike intensely; hate; abhor.
Webster's New World

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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