detest

  • 1 Detest — De*test , v. t. [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[… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 detest — [dē test′, ditest′] vt. [Fr détester < L detestari, to curse by calling the gods to witness, execrate, detest < de , down + testari, to witness < testis, a witness: see TESTIFY] to dislike intensely; hate; abhor SYN. HATE detester n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 detest — index contemn, disdain, reject, renounce Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 detest — early 15c., to curse, to call God to witness and abhor, from M.Fr. détester, from L. detestari to curse, execrate, abominate, express abhorrence for, lit. denounce with one s testimony, from de from, down (see DE (Cf. de )) + testari be a witness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 detest — *hate, abhor, abominate, loathe Analogous words: *despise, contemn, scorn, disdain: spurn, repudiate, reject (see DECLINE vb) Antonyms: adore (sense 2) Contrasted words: love, *like, dote, fancy, relish: cherish, prize, treasure, value,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 detest — [v] hate; feel disgust toward abhor, abominate, be allergic to, despise, dislike intensely, down on, execrate, feel aversion toward, feel hostility toward, feel repugnance toward, have no use for*, loathe, recoil from, reject, repudiate; concept… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 detest — ► VERB ▪ dislike intensely. ORIGIN Latin detestari denounce, abhor , from testari witness …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 detest — v. 1) (G) he detests working 2) (K) we detest his constantly lying * * * [dɪ test] (G) he detests working (K) we detest his constantly lying …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 detest — UK [dɪˈtest] / US verb [transitive] Word forms detest : present tense I/you/we/they detest he/she/it detests present participle detesting past tense detested past participle detested to hate someone or something …

    English dictionary

  • 10 detest — verb To dislike intensely I detest snakes. See Also: detestable, detestation …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 detest — [16] Latin dētestārī, source of detest, meant ‘denounce’. It was a compound verb formed from the pejorative prefix dē and testārī ‘bear witness’. This in turn was a derivative of testis ‘witness’, source of English testify, testimony, and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 12 detest — [[t]dɪte̱st[/t]] detests, detesting, detested VERB If you detest someone or something, you dislike them very much. [V n/ ing] My mother detested him... [V n/ ing] Jean detested being photographed. Syn: loathe Derived words: detestation …

    English dictionary

  • 13 detest — verb (transitive not in progressive) to hate something or someone very much: I detest computers. detestation / di:te steISFn/ noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 detest — verb the only vegetable I truly detest is turnip Syn: abhor, hate, loathe, despise, shrink from, be unable to bear, find intolerable, dislike, disdain, have an aversion to; formal abominate See note at despise Ant: love …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 detest — [16] Latin dētestārī, source of detest, meant ‘denounce’. It was a compound verb formed from the pejorative prefix dē and testārī ‘bear witness’. This in turn was a derivative of testis ‘witness’, source of English testify, testimony, and… …

    Word origins

  • 16 detest — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French detester or Latin detestari; Middle French detester, from Latin detestari, literally, to curse while calling a deity to witness, from de + testari to call to witness more at testament Date: circa 1535 1.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 detest — detester, n. /di test /, v.t. to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely. [1525 35; < MF detester < L detestari to call down a curse upon, loathe, equiv. to de DE + testari to bear witness; see TESTATE] Syn. abhor, loathe, abominate, execrate …

    Universalium

  • 18 detest — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. hate, abhor, despise, abominate. Ant., love. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. hate, abhor, loathe, despise; see hate 1 . See Synonym Study at hate . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. hate, loathe, despise,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 detest — de|test [dıˈtest] v [T not in progressive] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: detestari, from testis one who gives information against someone ] to hate something or someone very much ▪ Liz and Mo detested each other. >detestation… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 detest — de|test [ dı test ] verb transitive to hate someone or something: LOATHE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English