De*test" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detested; p. pr. & vb. n. Detesting.] [L. detestare, detestatum, and detestari, to curse while calling a deity to witness, to execrate, detest; de + testari to be a witness, testify, testis a witness: cf. F. d'etester. See Testify.]

1.

To witness against; to denounce; to condemn.

[Obs.]

The heresy of Nestorius . . . was detested in the Eastern churches. Fuller.

God hath detested them with his own mouth. Bale.

2.

To hate intensely; to abhor; to abominate; to loathe; as, we detest what is contemptible or evil.

Who dares think one thing, and another tell, My heart detests him as the gates of hell. Pope.

Syn. -- To abhor; abominate; execrate. See Hate.

 

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