detest

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From Middle French detester, from Latin detestari (to imprecate evil while calling the gods to witness", "denounce", "hate intensely), from de- + testari (to testify, bear witness), from testis (a witness); see test, testify.

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detest (third-person singular simple present detests, present participle detesting, simple past and past participle detested)

  1. (transitive) To dislike intensely; to loathe.
    I detest snakes.
    Who dares think one thing, and another tell, / My heart detests him as the gates of hell. — Pope.
  2. (obsolete) To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.
    The heresy of Nestorius [] was detested in the Eastern churches. — Fuller.
    God hath detested them with his own mouth. — Bale.

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