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[ dih-test ]SEE DEFINITION OF detest

Synonyms for detest

  • abhor
  • despise
  • loathe
  • abominate
  • execrate
  • reject
  • repudiate
  • be allergic to
  • dislike intensely
  • down on
  • feel aversion toward
  • feel hostility toward
  • feel repugnance toward
  • have no use for
  • recoil from
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Antonyms for detest

  • admire
  • cherish
  • like
  • love
  • approve
  • adore
  • prize
  • respect
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DETEST

If there's one sort of man I detest more than another, it's a man who is sorry for himself.

Never had it seemed to her possible she could detest him as she did now.

I detest the reflection that I would have sacrificed your happiness to mine.

That there are people whom it is necessary to detest without compromise.

I adore having people come to see me, and I detest going to see them.

But I'd rather have been at a boarding-school in the country; I do so detest London.

As yet I do not detest you, but it is absolutely impossible to love you.

I detest them; and my positive orders to my pupils are, never to wear them in the house.

"Jones, indeed,—I can tell you they detest Jones," said a young fellow.

I suppose you are right, boy, but I detest this kind of a life.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "to curse, to call God to witness and abhor," from Middle French détester, from Latin detestari "to curse, execrate, abominate, express abhorrence for," literally "denounce with one's testimony," from de- "from, down" (see de-) + testari "be a witness," from testis "witness" (see testament). Related: Detested; detesting.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DETEST

abhor

verbregard with contempt or disgust
  • abominate
  • be allergic to
  • be down on
  • be grossed out by
  • despise
  • detest
  • hate
  • have no use for
  • loathe
  • scorn
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