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 for Detesting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Detest \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['e]tester. See Testify.]
     1. To witness against; to denounce; to condemn. [Obs.]
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              The heresy of Nestorius . . . was detested in the
              Eastern churches.                     --Fuller.
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              God hath detested them with his own mouth. --Bale.
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     2. To hate intensely; to abhor; to abominate; to loathe; as,
        we detest what is contemptible or evil.
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              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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