- (British) IPA: /dɪˈtɛst/
detest (detests, present participle detesting; past and past participle detested)
- (transitive) To dislike intensely; to loathe.
- I detest snakes.
- 1715, Homer; [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book IX”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott between the Temple-Gates, OCLC 670734254 ↗:
- Who dares think one thing, and another tell, / My heart detests him as the gates of hell.
- (transitive, obsolete) To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.
- The heresy of Nestorius […] was detested in the Eastern churches.
- God hath detested them with his own mouth.
- See also Thesaurus:hate
- French: détester, mépriser
- German: verabscheuen
- Italian: detestare
- Portuguese: detestar, odiar
- Russian: ненави́деть
- Spanish: detestar