Could the word chastise be used to describe something I extremely hate?


I chastise football. (I hate football immensely).

If chastise does not work, could you please provide an alternative?

Dictionary examples weren't strong enough. I was looking for a much stronger hate. Googling "extreme hate" brought some words which I googled and didn't see they are used too much. The words that I thought were good:

  • Abhor: disgusted (I don't know how to use in the right context to so it's understandable).

  • Despise: Not strong enough. Translated to hate or to express being far from.

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    "to chastise " means to punish or to criticize. So you could not use it in the sense of "I hate football". "I chastise football" doesn't quite work but "He spent his career chastising footballers for their high pay" might – Vorsprung Feb 24 '17 at 14:04
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    As Vorsprung said, "chastise" doesn't mean "to hate" but "to scold, criticize" (perhaps out of hate, but not necessarily). Some other options for "to hate" that you haven't listed and may not have found in your research include detest, loathe, and scorn. – vpn Feb 24 '17 at 14:38
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    @vanderpn I never heard them or saw them being used in a sentence, This is why I asked. To get the help in finding the suitable word to be put in context. @Hank sorry for the whole mess. I realize how hard it is, trust me I spend many hours a day on SO helping others and I know how it is. – Tony Tannous Feb 24 '17 at 14:43
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    @TonyTannous The reason we require demonstrated research is to ensure it's not a general reference question pursuant to the guidelines in Are Some Questions Too Simple. No screenshots are necessary, but demonstration of research is, so we do not try to replicate your efforts, which would not be very useful to you. All we request is a properly cited quotation of what you examined which is mostly a matter of using copy/paste, and the reasons you dismissed it to clarify the nature of the question. – Tonepoet Feb 24 '17 at 14:54
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I would say that Abhor and Loathe are the strongest words to denote hatred of something. And you would use them to replace the word "hate".

I hate football. I abhor football. I loathe football.

If you want to use a word as a noun rather than a verb, you could say that something is an Abomination.

Football is an abomination.

  • Also, although not common, abominate can be used as a transitive verb meaning "to hate something," as in "I abominate football." However, AntonH's suggestions will be more likely to register with your audience. – vpn Feb 24 '17 at 17:23
  • Also "execrate", although it's not really commonly used anymore. – AntonH Feb 24 '17 at 17:31
  • I like this answer and I would note that the suggestion of calling something an abomination goes a nice additional step that might be the OP's true but unexpressed desire to express. He might want to say more than that he personally has an intense distaste but go a step farther and criticise the sport itself on it's merits. "I hate writing papers with footnotes" might allow room for you to believe that you're glad that other people, (professors, experts) write papers with footnotes. – Tom22 Feb 24 '17 at 19:43

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