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I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
Nicolas Chamfort

Meaning of "detest" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DETEST

From Latin dētestārī to curse (while invoking a god as witness), from de- + testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DETEST

detest  [dɪˈtɛst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DETEST

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Detest is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb detest in English.

WHAT DOES DETEST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of detest in the English dictionary

The definition of detest in the dictionary is to dislike intensely; loathe.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DETEST

PRESENT

Present
I detest
you detest
he/she/it detests
we detest
you detest
they detest
Present continuous
I am detesting
you are detesting
he/she/it is detesting
we are detesting
you are detesting
they are detesting
Present perfect
I have detested
you have detested
he/she/it has detested
we have detested
you have detested
they have detested
Present perfect continuous
I have been detesting
you have been detesting
he/she/it has been detesting
we have been detesting
you have been detesting
they have been detesting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I detested
you detested
he/she/it detested
we detested
you detested
they detested
Past continuous
I was detesting
you were detesting
he/she/it was detesting
we were detesting
you were detesting
they were detesting
Past perfect
I had detested
you had detested
he/she/it had detested
we had detested
you had detested
they had detested
Past perfect continuous
I had been detesting
you had been detesting
he/she/it had been detesting
we had been detesting
you had been detesting
they had been detesting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will detest
you will detest
he/she/it will detest
we will detest
you will detest
they will detest
Future continuous
I will be detesting
you will be detesting
he/she/it will be detesting
we will be detesting
you will be detesting
they will be detesting
Future perfect
I will have detested
you will have detested
he/she/it will have detested
we will have detested
you will have detested
they will have detested
Future perfect continuous
I will have been detesting
you will have been detesting
he/she/it will have been detesting
we will have been detesting
you will have been detesting
they will have been detesting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would detest
you would detest
he/she/it would detest
we would detest
you would detest
they would detest
Conditional continuous
I would be detesting
you would be detesting
he/she/it would be detesting
we would be detesting
you would be detesting
they would be detesting
Conditional perfect
I would have detest
you would have detest
he/she/it would have detest
we would have detest
you would have detest
they would have detest
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been detesting
you would have been detesting
he/she/it would have been detesting
we would have been detesting
you would have been detesting
they would have been detesting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you detest
we let´s detest
you detest
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to detest
Past participle
detested
Present Participle
detesting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DETEST


attest
əˈtɛst
blood-test
ˈblʌdˌtɛst
contest
ˈkɒntɛst
flight-test
ˈflaɪtˌtɛst
Grosseteste
ˈɡrəʊsˌtɛst
obtest
ɒbˈtɛst
pretest
priːˈtɛst
protest
ˈprəʊtɛst
retest
riːˈtɛst
road-test
ˈrəʊdtɛst
test
tɛst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DETEST

determining
determinism
determinist
deterministic
deterrability
deterrable
deterred
deterrence
deterrent
deterrently
deterrer
deterring
detersion
detersive
detestability
detestable
detestableness
detestably
detestation
detester

WORDS THAT END LIKE DETEST

at the latest
beta-test
blind test
blood test
crash test
crash-test
driving test
drug test
Eurovision Song Contest
fittest
greatest
hottest
latest
practice test
pregnancy test
road test
stress test
the greatest
the latest
Turing test

Synonyms and antonyms of detest in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DETEST»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «detest» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of detest

Translation of «detest» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DETEST

Find out the translation of detest to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of detest from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «detest» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

憎恶
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

aborrecer
570 millions of speakers

English

detest
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

घृणा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أمقت
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

терпеть
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

detestar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঘৃণা করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

détester
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Dendam
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

verabscheuen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

嫌悪する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

몹시 싫어하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngguyu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

gớm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அறவே வெறுத்தார்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

घृणास्पद
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

nefret etmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

detestare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nienawidzić
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

терпіти
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

detesta
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αντιπαθώ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hekel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

avsky
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

avskyr
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of detest

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DETEST»

The term «detest» is regularly used and occupies the 60.210 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DETEST» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about detest

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10 QUOTES WITH «DETEST»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word detest.
1
Peter Ackroyd
I detest self-regard. If my work has taught me anything, it is that self-aggrandisement is completely unhistorical.
2
John Andre
I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.
3
Kage Baker
I detest flying anywhere. Left to my own devices, I'd never leave my keyboard.
4
Harry Browne
But, actually, it is only Americans who say that our freedoms and prosperity are the reason foreigners hate us. If you ask the foreigners, they make it clear that it's America's bullying foreign policy they detest.
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Orson Scott Card
Of course, I also hear from critics who detest what I do, and while sometimes I feel rather proud of having made various the loathsome people or groups angry, at other times I wonder why I put up with such grief.
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Benjamin Carson
I detest politics, to be honest with you. It's a cesspool. And I don't think I would fare well in that cesspool because I don't believe in political correctness and I certainly don't believe in dishonesty.
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Nicolas Chamfort
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
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Helen Clark
I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery, and in that lies my strong aversion to titular honours.
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Ezra Cornell
I was glad to hear of that determination as I detest the practice of cousins marrying or any marriage between persons in which there can be traced the most distant relationship. I go for the improvement instead of the deterioration of our race.
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E. L. Doctorow
I like commas. I detest semi-colons - I don't think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didn't need them, they were fly-specks on the page.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DETEST»

Discover the use of detest in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to detest and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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100 Things I Hate about Pregnancy: What You'll Detest When ...
What you'll detest when you're expecting.
Kate Konopicky, 2006
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Amharic-English dictionary: H - N.
to persist, refuse to come out (stain, grease); to take a dislike to, detest (+A^- hS^fi ^9° • frozen A the stain won't come out but persists) o°CV '• 'Mi-rt to shoot and never miss <">CH 1 -t-V? to fight fiercely o°CV 1 fli to quarrel bitterly [a quarrel for  ...
Thomas Leiper Kane, 1990
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Orson Welles: Interviews
qualities that were involved in chivalry, and when I'm playing the part of someone I detest, I try to be very chivalrous in my interpretation. — Yes indeed, in all your films there is a great deal of generosity. Welles: I think it's the chief virtue.
Mark W. Estrin, 2002
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English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With ...
H ATEFU L. feeling directed towards the object independentl of its qualities; to DETEST (v. To a her) is a feeling independent of the person, and altogether dependent upon the nature of the thing. What one hates, one hates commonly on one's ...
George Crabb, 1837
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ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY
3. a witness: as, attest', to bear witness to ; contest', to dispute; detest', to thrust away, to abhor; testify, to bear witness. archprof estent, n. contest 'ing, a. attest', v. contest' ing] y, ad. Sittest'ed, a. contest'less, a. attesting, a. contestation, n.
JOHN OSWALD, 1868
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The Energy of Words: Use the Vibration of Language to ...
Meaning: “Detest” vibrates to the number 1, with the isolated pioneer, new beginnings, and trailblazing energy. The 1 is the only number not divisible by anyother numbersoit isastandalone energy.In thenegative,the aggressive, egocentric,and ...
Michelle Arbeau, 2013
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Reports from Committees
How many years is it since you have tried the experiment ? It must be approaching 20 years. 2988. Duke of Richmond.] You object to the treadwheel because you say it makes prisoners, when they go out of prison, detest labour ? Yes. 2989.
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, 1863
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The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the ...
Similarly, I abjure and detest having gone in those places I mentioned, to those games and nuptials and to the combats with fennel stalks. Similarly, I abjure and detest having spoken badly and against Holy Mother Church that whoever ...
Carlo Ginzburg, 2013
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Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest
Four meanings are, therefore, possible: (1) "Although they detest me, I give myself over to continuous prayer to You" (Rashi; King James). (2) "Although they detest me, I pray, or intercede, for them" (Ibn Ezra and others). (3) "Although they  ...
David R. Blumenthal, 1993
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English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order; with ...
Rashness. HASTY, v. Cursory. HASTY, 1'. Angry. 'ro HATE, nnrnsr. HATE, '0. Antipathy. DETEST, v. To abhor. The alliance between these terms in signification is sufficiently illustrated in the articles referred to. Their (liil'erence consists more in ...
George Crabb, 1824

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DETEST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term detest is used in the context of the following news items.
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New York Passes Yes Means Yes Policy to Help Fight Campus …
Bachelorette parties are a phenomenon that society has come to both detest and embrace with equal enthusiasm. The prevailing aesthetic of ... «Vogue.com, Jul 15»
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A Month in the Country review: Getting a grip on some love angles
“I clown for them because that masks how deeply I detest them,” says Ignaty. Is it coincidental that his courtship of Ingrid Craigie's spinster ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
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The Auto Industry's Play for the Female Driver - Racked
"We're not sure if they detest the dealership experience and want to get as much done as they can before, or if they want to make a more ... «Racked, Jul 15»
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'Big Brother: Timebomb' - Week Seven Review | Matthew Davies
Danny is unable to deal with situations calmly and rationally and instead deals with confrontation in a childlike, thuggish way, which I detest ... «Huffington Post UK, Jul 15»
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See Dean swim (around the Island) - Martha's Vineyard Times
The device trails a 4-foot cord that emits a radio frequency sharks apparently detest. Mr. Bragonier plans to pick his swim times and shore ... «Martha's Vineyard Times, Jul 15»
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MCCAULEY: The State of the Union - Daily Local News
People in this city actually detest those other teams. Is there a team the Union fans despise like that? Advertisement. Another complaint I ... «Daily Local News, Jul 15»
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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Ali Kiba - My 'Flava' Is Different From Diamond's
"To be honest, one thing I really detest is people comparing me to Diamond. I do my music in a way that no other person can. I believe I am ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
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Love them or hate them, shaky heads produce - TimesDaily: Outdoors
Simply put, very few anglers will admit their love for the technique while others openly detest it. Even those who use the shaky head often do so ... «Times Daily, Jul 15»
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Tough Love (a Sermon on 1 John 4:7-12) | Rev. James Ellis, III
I don't hate Dylann Roof, but I detest what he did because I think that God detests it. I don't hate Rachel Dolezal, but I won't excuse the hurtful ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Verbal Aptitude Quiz for MBA entrance exams - PaGaLGuY
5. a. Eulogy b. Panegyric c. Ignominy d. Glorification. 6. a. Detest b. Abhor c. Ardour d. Loathe. 7. a. Adroit b. Adept c. Dexterous d. Awkward. «PaGaLGuY, Jul 15»

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