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- I really had not yet been able to make up my mind whether I liked Uriah or detested him; and I was very doubtful about it still, as I stood looking him in the face in the street.Chapters 16-18 (60% in)
- 'I detest this mongrel time, neither day nor night.Chapters 22-24 (7% in)
- I detest her.Chapters 31-33 (58% in)
- In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, and abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle.Chapters 52-54 (31% in)
There are no more uses of "detest" in David Copperfield.
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