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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.
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Adj.1.detested - treated with contempt
unloved - not loved
References in classic literature ?
Davis particularly detested the odor of the fashionable pickle, and disgust added to his wrath.
I detested his pink, bald head, and his yellow whiskers, always soft and glistening.
She would not consent to remain with Edna, for Monsieur Ratignolle was alone, and he detested above all things to be left alone.
His heart gave a bound at the thought, but the next thought quieted it--the detested twins would be there.
Emma Jane had hitherto heartily concurred in this opinion, for if there was any one thing that she detested it was the learning of lessons.
I should have detested you if I had seen you before I saw the robin and Dickon.
We have so asserted our station, both in the old time and in the modern time also," said the nephew, gloomily, "that I believe our name to be more detested than any name in France.
I really had not yet been able to make up my mind whether I liked Uriah or detested him; and I was very doubtful about it still, as I stood looking him in the face in the street.
Pumblechook's parlour: where, on our presenting ourselves, my sister sat in conference with that detested seedsman.
His features, keen and regular, with an aquiline nose, and piercing black eyes; his high and wrinkled forehead, and long grey hair and beard, would have been considered as handsome, had they not been the marks of a physiognomy peculiar to a race, which, during those dark ages, was alike detested by the credulous and prejudiced vulgar, and persecuted by the greedy and rapacious nobility, and who, perhaps, owing to that very hatred and persecution, had adopted a national character, in which there was much, to say the least, mean and unamiable.
She would be sure to make a scene, and he detested scenes of every kind.
Raoul thought that she would propose a stroll in the country, far from that building which he detested as a prison whose jailer he could feel walking within the walls.