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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-test]
    • /dɪˈtɛst/
    • /dɪˈtest/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-test]
    • /dɪˈtɛst/

Definitions of detest word

  • verb detest If you detest someone or something, you dislike them very much. 3
  • verb detest to dislike intensely; loathe 3
  • verb transitive detest to dislike intensely; hate; abhor 3
  • verb with object detest to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely. 1
  • noun detest Dislike intensely. 1
  • transitive verb detest dislike intensely 1

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Origin of detest

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; < Middle French detester < Latin dētestārī to call down a curse upon, loathe, equivalent to dē- de- + testārī to bear witness; see testate

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Parts of speech for Detest


detest popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

detest usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for detest

verb detest

  • despise — If you despise something or someone, you dislike them and have a very low opinion of them.
  • abhor — If you abhor something, you hate it very much, especially for moral reasons.
  • loathe — to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor: I loathe people who spread malicious gossip.
  • repudiate — to reject as having no authority or binding force: to repudiate a claim.
  • abominate — to dislike intensely; loathe; detest

Antonyms for detest

verb detest

  • admire — If you admire someone or something, you like and respect them very much.
  • cherish — If you cherish something such as a hope or a pleasant memory, you keep it in your mind for a long period of time.
  • adore — If you adore someone, you feel great love and admiration for them.
  • prize — leverage.
  • respect — a particular, detail, or point (usually preceded by in): to differ in some respect.

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