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hatred

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noun ha·tred \ˈhā-trəd\

Simple Definition of hatred

  • : a very strong feeling of dislike

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hatred

  1. 1 :  hate

  2. 2 :  prejudiced hostility or animosity <old racial prejudices and national hatreds — Peter Thomson>

Examples of hatred in a sentence

  1. He had an irrational fear and hatred of foreigners.

  2. She makes no attempt to conceal her hatred for her opponents.

  3. This troubled city is filled with hatred, prejudice, crime, and fear.

  4. The war was fueled by hatreds that were centuries old.



Origin of hatred

Middle English, from hate + Old English rǣden condition — more at kindred


First Known Use: 12th century


HATRED Defined for Kids

hatred

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noun ha·tred \ˈhā-trəd\

Definition of hatred for Students

  1. :  1hate





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