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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To dislike intensely; abhor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dislike intensely; to loathe.
  • v. To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.
  • transitive v. To hate intensely; to abhor; to abominate; to loathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold worthy of malediction; execrate; hate; dislike intensely: as, to detest crimes or meanness.
  • Synonyms Abhor, Detest, etc. (see hate); to execrate, View with horror.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards

Etymologies

French détester, from Latin dētestārī, to curse : dē-, de- + testārī, to invoke (from testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French detester, from Latin detestari ("to imprecate evil while calling the gods to witness", "denounce", "hate intensely"), from de- + testari ("to testify, bear witness"), from testis ("a witness"); see test, testify. (Wiktionary)

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