Adjective "detest" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Dislike intensely.
  1. 'We might hate queue jumpers, but we also detest hypocrites and bludgers.'
  2. 'Some shoppers detest them intensely, while millions will use them but can't be bothered to claim the benefits.'
  3. 'I loathe AND detest the game - and that's all it is, kids, just a silly game.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'It is ironic that the general population hates drug dealers, but fears and often detests the police just as much.'
  6. 'Now while many people are afraid of mice, they can absolutely hate and detest rats!'
  7. 'They loathe tinsel, detest office parties and abhor rum balls of all kinds.'
  8. 'I hate launch week because you suddenly detest all of the work that you've put your heart into for months.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Today's evangelical right detests that tradition and seeks nothing short of a state-sponsored religion.'

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verb (used with object)

1. to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely.


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