What is difference between hate and detest? and which word is stronger.

For example:

  1. I hate you.

  2. I detest you.

2 Answers 2


Well, using a dictionary as is always recommended firstly, shows no difference:

Hate: to dislike someone or something very much:

Detest: to hate someone or something very much:

But this site suggests differences between the synonyms of hate as follow:

"To Abhor, Hate, To Loath, Detest: all these words imply aversion, but re|quire to be differently used, upon different occasions.

To abhor, implys an aversion to that, to which, we have a natural antipathy; hate, an aversion actuated by revenge: loath, is more applicable to food: detest, implies a|version actuated by disapprobation.

We abhor, what we cannot endure. We are apt to hate the person, who injures us. We loath the food, by which we have been surfeited. We detest the man, who is guilty of a mean action.

The spendthrift, naturally, abhors niggardliness, and the niggard, profligacy. The hatred of the revengeful man, is roused, whenever the object of his revenge approaches. The stomach loaths the very sight of that meat, by which we have been satiated. Every, thinking, man detests the least degree of meanness, more particularly that, which is fordid or base."


I think "detest" is the strongest "hate".
And by the way, "detest" is used much less often than "hate".

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