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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Detest \De*test"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Detested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detesting}.] [L. detestare, detestatum, and detestari, to curse while calling a deity to witness, to execrate, detest; de + testari to be a witness, testify, testis a witness: cf. F. d['e]tester. See {Testify}.]

1. To witness against; to denounce; to condemn. [Obs.]

The heresy of Nestorius . . . was detested in the Eastern churches. --Fuller.

God hath detested them with his own mouth. --Bale.

2. To hate intensely; to abhor; to abominate; to loathe; as, we detest what is contemptible or evil.

Who dares think one thing, and another tell, My heart detests him as the gates of hell. --Pope.

Syn: To abhor; abominate; execrate. See {Hate}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards; "I hate Mexican food"; "She detests politicians" [syn: {hate}, {detest}] [ant: {love}]

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