What does detest mean?

Definitions for detestdɪˈtɛst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word detest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hate, detest(verb)

    dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards

    "I hate Mexican food"; "She detests politicians"


  1. detest(Verb)

    To dislike intensely; to loathe.

  2. detest(Verb)

    To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.

  3. Origin: From detester, from detestari, from de- + testari, from testis; see test, testify.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detest(verb)

    to witness against; to denounce; to condemn

  2. Detest(verb)

    to hate intensely; to abhor; to abominate; to loathe; as, we detest what is contemptible or evil

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detest

    de-test′, v.t. to hate intensely.—adj. Detest′able, worthy of being detested: extremely hateful: abominable.—n. Detest′ableness.—adv. Detest′ably.—n. Detestā′tion, extreme hatred. [Fr.,—L. detestāride, inten., and testāri, to call to witness, execrate—testis, a witness.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detest in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. J. K. Rowling:

    Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most.

  2. H. L. Mencken:

    I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries.

  3. Edgar Watson Howe:

    Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Since Cleopatra died, I have liv'd in such dishonour that the gods Detest my baseness.

  5. George Gordon Byron:

    Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure men love in haste but they detest at leisure.

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