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1[mass noun] Intense dislike.‘Wordsworth's detestation of aristocracy’
hatred, loathing, abhorrence, execration, revulsion, abomination, disgust, repugnance, horror, antipathy, odium, aversion, hostility, animosity, enmity, dislike, distaste, disdain, contemptdisrelishrepellence, repellencyView synonyms
- ‘It is the very things upon which the Left most congratulates itself that inspire the deepest detestation of Islamic extremists.’
- ‘Authentic feelings, in much shorter supply on the campaign trail, tend to be limited to two - a hunger for victory, and bitter detestation of anyone who might get in the way.’
- ‘Yesterday's set of exquisitely correct opinions concluded with a statement about his gut-wrenching detestation of war.’
- ‘Sometimes American policy has been inferior to that of many French people - one might instance Roosevelt's detestation of de Gaulle.’
- ‘He's balanced in his acknowledgement of the world's brutality and his detestation of its cruelty.’
- ‘But it seems to me that there might be something else at work as well, the residue of a deeper and much older detestation.’
- ‘And they have lately become very vocal about their detestation of ordinary people.’
- ‘But today we're nonplused by the phenomenon that a good number of students, rather than enjoying the sublime happiness supposed to be provided by education, do not hide their detestation for it.’
- ‘And now, when many of its previous supporters have abandoned it in favour of implied rights theory, I find myself hating it just as much as ever, with a cold, dismissive detestation.’
- ‘His loathing of Moguls surpassed even his detestation of Uzbeks, Shias, Afghans and assorted infidels.’
- ‘With a deep and abiding detestation of competitive sports, he was naturally bookish.’
- ‘He cannot believe why a human being would show so much detestation for another human being, who has not even spoken or looked at him.’
- ‘She had not even spoken a word, and yet, Ashley could not help her intense feelings of detestation for her.’
- ‘His personal history is inspiring, as is his intellectual brilliance, knowledge of and detestation of fascism, communism and morally repugnant capitalism.’
- ‘By contrast, the Trades Union Congress, driven by detestation for fascism, was more robust.’
- ‘Ironically, the events of 9/11 and their sequel have catalysed, rather than retarded, the hardening of mutual distrust into mutual detestation.’
- ‘Celebrate our Australianness by showing our usual mistrustful, self-deprecating, egalitarian, good-natured detestation of all such symbols of overt self-glorification.’
- ‘But if you go downtown, Wolf, the detestation of what you see in these pictures is still so evident and it will be so for quite some time.’
- ‘She is a poet whose poetic stimuli most often arise from friendship and, in a few striking cases, detestation.’
- ‘Behind this mentality lies the progressive lobby's detestation of nationhood and Orwellian aspiration to world government.’
- 1.1archaic [count noun]A detested person or thing.‘he is the detestation of the neighbourhood’
- ‘Now a game of chess was the special delight of Miss Broadus; and as it was the detestation of her sister Miss Juliana, the delight was seldom realized.’
- ‘They are the detestation of the Trout bottom-angler, constantly nibbling away his bait, and tantalising him with vain hopes of a bite.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin detestatio(n-), from the verb detestari (see detest).
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