noun, often attributive \ˈhāt\

: a very strong feeling of dislike

Full Definition of HATE

a :  intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
b :  extreme dislike or antipathy :  loathing <had a great hate of hard work>
:  an object of hatred <a generation whose finest hate had been big business — F. L. Paxson>

Examples of HATE

  1. These crimes are motivated by prejudice and hate.
  2. They have been unable to overcome their hates and fears.

Origin of HATE

Middle English, from Old English hete; akin to Old High German haz hate, Greek kēdos care
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to dislike (someone) very strongly : to feel hate for (someone)

: to dislike (something) very strongly : to find (something) very unpleasant


Full Definition of HATE

transitive verb
:  to feel extreme enmity toward <hates his country's enemies>
:  to have a strong aversion to :  find very distasteful <hated to have to meet strangers> <hate hypocrisy>
intransitive verb
:  to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility
hat·er noun
hate one's guts
:  to hate someone with great intensity

Examples of HATE

  1. He was a cruel tyrant who was hated and feared by his people.
  2. She hated them for betraying her.
  3. They were political rivals who truly hated each other.
  4. What is it that you hate about him most?
  5. children whose families have taught them to hate
  6. They hate being apart from each other.
  7. I hate the idea of leaving my mother alone all week.

First Known Use of HATE

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of HATE

hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice <hated the enemy with a passion>. detest suggests violent antipathy <detests cowards>. abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance <a crime abhorred by all>. abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation <abominates all forms of violence>. loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance <loathed the mere sight of them>.


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