If you detest something, you dislike it intensely. The word can apply to things and also to people. You might detest your ex-boyfriend and you might also detest rainy Mondays and broccoli.

Detest comes from the Middle French word d├ętester, meaning "to curse, to call God to witness and abhor." Though the words detest and hate are interchangeable, the word hate is much more common, which has caused it to lose some of its hateful impact. Detest is used more sparingly, reserved for cases where no other word will do, where your feelings of dislike are so powerful that they need just the right word to sum them up.

Definitions of detest

v dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards

“She detests politicians”
have a great affection or liking for
abhor, abominate, execrate, loathe
find repugnant
contemn, despise, disdain, scorn
look down on with disdain
look down on
regard with contempt
Type of:
have or feel a dislike or distaste for

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