detest


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

de·test

 (dĭ-tĕst′)
tr.v. de·test·ed, de·test·ing, de·tests
To dislike intensely; abhor.

[French détester, from Latin dētestārī, to curse : dē-, de- + testārī, to invoke (from testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots).]

de·test′er n.

detest

(dɪˈtɛst)
vb
(tr) to dislike intensely; loathe
[C16: from Latin dētestārī to curse (while invoking a god as witness), from de- + testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness]
deˈtester n

de•test

(dɪˈtɛst)

v.t.
to feel abhorrence of; hate.
[1525–35; < Middle French detester < Latin dētestārī to call down a curse upon, loathe =dē- de- + testārī to bear witness; see testate]
de•test′er, n.
syn: See hate.

detest


Past participle: detested
Gerund: detesting

Imperative
detest
detest
Present
I detest
you detest
he/she/it detests
we detest
you detest
they detest
Preterite
I detested
you detested
he/she/it detested
we detested
you detested
they detested
Present Continuous
I am detesting
you are detesting
he/she/it is detesting
we are detesting
you are detesting
they are detesting
Present Perfect
I have detested
you have detested
he/she/it has detested
we have detested
you have detested
they have detested
Past Continuous
I was detesting
you were detesting
he/she/it was detesting
we were detesting
you were detesting
they were detesting
Past Perfect
I had detested
you had detested
he/she/it had detested
we had detested
you had detested
they had detested
Future
I will detest
you will detest
he/she/it will detest
we will detest
you will detest
they will detest
Future Perfect
I will have detested
you will have detested
he/she/it will have detested
we will have detested
you will have detested
they will have detested
Future Continuous
I will be detesting
you will be detesting
he/she/it will be detesting
we will be detesting
you will be detesting
they will be detesting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been detesting
you have been detesting
he/she/it has been detesting
we have been detesting
you have been detesting
they have been detesting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been detesting
you will have been detesting
he/she/it will have been detesting
we will have been detesting
you will have been detesting
they will have been detesting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been detesting
you had been detesting
he/she/it had been detesting
we had been detesting
you had been detesting
they had been detesting
Conditional
I would detest
you would detest
he/she/it would detest
we would detest
you would detest
they would detest
Past Conditional
I would have detested
you would have detested
he/she/it would have detested
we would have detested
you would have detested
they would have detested
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.detest - dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards; "I hate Mexican food"; "She detests politicians"
abhor, abominate, execrate, loathe - find repugnant; "I loathe that man"; "She abhors cats"
contemn, despise, disdain, scorn - look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"
dislike - have or feel a dislike or distaste for; "I really dislike this salesman"

detest

verb hate, loathe, despise, abhor, be hostile to, recoil from, be repelled by, have an aversion to, abominate, dislike intensely, execrate, feel aversion towards, feel disgust towards, feel hostility towards, feel repugnance towards My mother detested my ex-husband.
love, relish, adore, cherish, dote on, dig (slang)

detest

verb
To regard with extreme dislike and hostility:
Translations
يَكْرَهُ بِشِدَّه
hnusitnenávidětošklivitošklivit si
afsky
inhota
fyrirlíta
šlykštus
ienīst
mrziti

detest

[dɪˈtest] VTdetestar, aborrecer
to detest doing sthdetestar or odiar hacer algo

detest

[dɪˈtɛst] vt (= loathe) → détester, avoir horreur de

detest

vtverabscheuen, hassen; I detest having to get up earlyich hasse es, früh aufstehen zu müssen

detest

[dɪˈtɛst] vtdetestare

detest

(diˈtest) verb
to hate intensely. I detest cruelty.
deˈtestable adjective
extremely hateful.
References in classic literature ?
These shopkeepers detest the English and despise the Americans; they are rude to both, more especially to ladies of your nationality and mine.
The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers.
I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
I knew that you could not keep up an acquaintance with your cousin without being brought into contact with him; and I knew he would detest you on my account; so for your own good, and nothing else, I took precautions that you should not see Linton again.
Crux since you ran away to get married; and though I detest writing letters, I must lose an hour's shooting to-day in trying to enlighten you.
Without attempting to conceal her avowed preference of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, she declared that, were that favoured knight out of question, she would rather take refuge in a convent, than share a throne with Athelstane, whom, having always despised, she now began, on account of the trouble she received on his account, thoroughly to detest.
Beware that I do not write to you a fourth time to tell you that I detest you.
Mercedes, who will detest you if you have only the misfortune to scratch the skin of her dearly beloved Edmond
The gods one and all of them detest him, or they would have taken him before Troy, or let him die with friends around him when the days of his fighting were done; for then the Achaeans would have built a mound over his ashes and his son would have been heir to his renown, but now the storm winds have spirited him away we know not whither.
You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner.
Now," resumed Grimaud, "I've only one thing more to ask -- that your highness will continue to detest me.
The more she may detest the present De Griers, the more will she lament the De Griers of the past--even though the latter never existed but in her own imagination.