"Detestar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to detest", and "odiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to hate". Learn more about the difference between "detestar" and "odiar" below.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to abhor)
a. to detest
Detesto la gente que se me cruce por delante en la carretera.I detest people who cut in front of me on the highway.
b. to loathe
Mi hermana viaja diariamente al trabajo en bici porque detesta el tráfico de la hora pica.My sister commutes to work on bike because she loathes the traffic of rush hour.
c. to hate
Detesto admitirlo, pero creo que esta vez tienes razón.I hate to admit it, but I think this time you are right.