• WordNet 3.6
    • v detest dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards "I hate Mexican food","She detests politicians"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Detest 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."
    • Detest To witness against; to denounce; to condemn. "The heresy of Nestorius . . . was detested in the Eastern churches.""God hath detested them with his own mouth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • detest To hold worthy of malediction; execrate; hate; dislike intensely: as, to detest crimes or meanness.
    • detest Synonyms Abhor, Detest, etc. (see hate); to execrate, View with horror.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Detest de-test′ to hate intensely
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual.”
  • Peter Wastholm
    Peter Wastholm
    “All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy.”
  • Decimus Magnus Ausonius
    Decimus Magnus Ausonius
    “Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. détester,. See Testify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. detestāride, inten., and testāri, to call to witness, execrate—testis, a witness.


In literature:

Oh, she is detestable!
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
They kept themselves sternly blind to the fact that I detest with equal vigor broth and old women.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
If there's anything I do detest, it's a coquette!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
He detested the winter greatly.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Dread detestation and treachery embittered every mind: even the humane yielded to the general sentiment.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
I have such a fellow feeling for her, for I always detest grammar.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
He detested flattery laid on too thick.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Madame, the mother of the Regent, early discovered the character of this detestable man.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
In return for which graceful attention Dickie most cordially detested him.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Detesting the sandwiches as I do, I find A. E. Barrett a good excuse for keeping away.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne

In poetry:

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That's how much you I love.
"To My Valentine" by Ogden Nash
“Emma! dear!” I cried in gladness,
“Take me too beneath the sod;
Leave me not to pine in sadness,
Here on earth’s detested clod.”
"The Violet-Gatherer (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow
Brave men, we know, detest him so
They scarce can wait the word to go:
But they know better than the rest
The bravest soldier waits the best.
"‘ Frustration’" by A P Herbert
Oh! beautiful maidens, refrain
From that vile, detestable stuff!
Never poison your dear lips again
With filthy street-sweepings - called snuff.
"To The Fair" by Anonymous Americas
"Nought comes to me except those ghosts detested,
Phantoms of Wrong and Pain;
But whatsoe'er Affection hath invested,
The eternal years retain.
"Solemn Voices" by Thomas Buchanan Read
Worse than a serpent, pride detest ;
Who soars too high, shall be deprest :
Disgrace attends the haughty stride,
And sudden slips the foot of pride.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Every generation has its particularly detested music genres: rock 'n' roll, disco, punk, hair metal, rap, nü-metal.
Eleven years ago our nation was attacked by people who detest our freedom.
As the third of four children, I suffer from a fair bit of middle-child syndrome and tend to detest sibling comparisons.
Any hope he just doesn't like the hideous leaf blowers we all detest.
Detestable tantrums no substitute for sledging.
I detest waiting in lines.
It could have been at a very young age when I detested milk.
Later he says he detests the Kochs, Karl Rove, Fox News, etc and says he hates their politics.
Cuba to ease travel restrictions, eliminate widely detested exit visa requirement .
1692 – At the Salem Witch Trials, Bridget Bishop is hanged for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries" (More info).
Cuba to ease travel restrictions, eliminate widely detested exit visa requirement.
I normally detest the wind, but this year is different.
Fall into that nebulous 'Normal American Woman Size' that legions of fashion stylists detest.
I usually detest gory films.
Camel toe , oh camel toe , let me count the ways I detest thee.

In science:

People cherish this kind of point laws owing to their infrequent existence, but perhaps Nature detests and rejects them, since the probability of creating them is zero.
From quantum motion to classical motion - seeking the lost reality