1. detest

verb. ['dɪˈtɛst, diːˈtɛst'] dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards.


  • hate
  • scorn
  • disdain
  • dislike
  • abominate
  • loathe
  • abhor
  • despise
  • execrate


  • like
  • admire
  • benevolence
  • philogyny


  • detester (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • detestari (Latin)

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Rhymes with Detest

  • self-professed
  • transgressed
  • unimpressed
  • telequest
  • stateswest
  • intrawest
  • eastern-west
  • dispossessed
  • unaddressed
  • telewest
  • repossessed
  • reinvest
  • progressed
  • northwest
  • indigest
  • expressed
  • distressed
  • compressed
  • undressed
  • sylvest
  • suppressed
  • suggest
  • southwest
  • request
  • repressed
  • reassessed
  • protest
  • professed
  • penwest
  • norwest

How do you pronounce detest?

Pronounce detest as dɪˈtɛst.

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Sentences with detest

1. Adjective, superlative
INFPs detest conflict.

2. Verb, base form
This recipe is quick and easy to make, and deer absolutely detest it.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Watch "chick flicks" with her at the movie theater even if you detest them.

4. Adverb
Garlic isn't the only common kitchen ingredient mosquitoes detest.

5. Adjective
The Narcissus genus of plants, including daffodils and jonquils, has a flavor that squirrels absolutely detest.

Quotes about detest

1. It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row