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detest
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
dislike intensely
  • "Does that always make people fall in love?" she answered, carelessly; "it seems to me quite as often a reason for detesting each other."
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • But her feeling towards the vulgar rich was a sort of religious hatred: they had probably made all their money out of high retail prices, and Mrs. Cadwallader detested high prices for everything that was not paid in kind at the Rectory: such people were no part of God's design in making the world; and their accent was an affliction to the ears.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (47% in)
  • Mr. Lydgate was rather late this morning, but the visitors stayed long enough to see him; for Mr. Featherstone asked Rosamond to sing to him, and she herself was so kind as to propose a second favorite song of his—"Flow on, thou shining river"—after she had sung "Home, sweet home" (which she detested).
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (96% in)
  • What led her particularly to desire horse-exercise was a visit from Captain Lydgate, the baronet's third son, who, I am sorry to say, was detested by our Tertius of that name as a vapid fop "parting his hair from brow to nape in a despicable fashion" (not followed by Tertius himself), and showing an ignorant security that he knew the proper thing to say on every topic.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (44% in)

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