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    #1

    What's the literal meaning of `down + witness`?

    detest

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    Late 15th century: from Latin detestari, from de- down + testari witness, call upon to witness (from testis a witness).



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    1.What's the meaning of `down` in that context
    2..What's the literal meaning of `down + witness` in that context?
    Last edited by GoldfishLord; 05-Nov-2016 at 04:38.

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    Re: What's the literal meaning of `down + witness`?

    There are other dictionaries.

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/detest

    1525-35;
    < Middle French detester < Latin dētestārī to call down a curse upon, loathe, equivalent to dē- de- + testārī to bear witness; see testate

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    Re: What's the literal meaning of `down + witness`?

    Thanks for replying to my thread.
    but I want to know what `down` means in that context because the word `down` has so many different meanings.
    Last edited by GoldfishLord; 04-Nov-2016 at 13:36.

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    Re: What's the literal meaning of `down + witness`?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldfishLord View Post
    Thanks for replying to my thread.
    but I want to know what `down` means in that context because the word `down` has so many different meanings.
    You would have to study the meaning of the Latin prefix de-, not the brief English translation in the Oxford dictionary, to answer that question.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the literal meaning of `down + witness`?

    Thanks. But I want to know what `de-` mean in that context.

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    Re: What's the literal meaning of `down + witness`?

    I want to know what `de-` means in that context.
    No disrespect to your thirst for knowledge, GL, but why?

    Most native speakers, let alone ESL students, spend a lifetime without pondering the etymology of words in a foreign language – even breaking them down into separate syllables.

    They're happy enough knowing the meaning of words and how to use them. Isn't life short enough as it is?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Nov-2016 at 09:11.

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