American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Strong dislike or hatred; abhorrence.
- n. One that is detested.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Extreme dislike; hatred; abhorrence; loathing: with of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of detesting; extreme hatred or dislike; abhorrence; loathing.
- n. hate coupled with disgust
“One of the most-frequent targets for my detestation is California chardonnay — which is often guilty of all three infractions.”
“Thus, the EU will bring no improvement to road safety and, as it takes its greater role in projecting road safety myths, and progressively assumes responsibility for speed enforcement standards, we can transfer our detestation from the imbeciles who are at present destroying road safety, and direct it at the EU.”
“Or, they rent their clothes, as if he had spoken blasphemy; and threw dust into the air, in detestation of it; or signifying how ready they were to throw stones at Paul, if the chief captain would have permitted them.”
“The estate of the criminal is confiscated, and all that belonged to her destroyed with her (v. 39): They shall throw down thy eminent place, and (v. 41) they shall burn thy houses, as the habitations of bad women are destroyed, in detestation of their lewdness.”
“He wavered and doubted, and to his confidants, with whom he could bluster and talk big, he expressed in no measured terms his detestation of Liberal principles, and especially of Catholic Emancipation.”
“Nay, we not only behaved as having no concern for him, but as loathing him, and having him in detestation.”
“Rather than regarding homosexual practice with "abhorrence" and "detestation" -- as did George Washington and most everyone until recent years -- Obama has euphemistically vowed to”
“Rather than regarding homosexual practice with "abhorrence" and "detestation" - as did George Washington and most everyone until recent years - Obama has euphemistically vowed to”
“And it would lead to the kind of detestation that would include building debris, coffins, sewage, a giant stagnation pound, maybe a million people homeless.”
“To the credit of the class, however, to which they belong, such persons are not so numerous as formerly, and to the still greater honor of the peasantry be it said, the devil himself is not hated with half the detestation which is borne them.”
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