hate

noun, often attributive
\ˈhāt \

Definition of hate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury

b : extreme dislike or disgust : antipathy, loathing had a great hate of hard work

c : a systematic and especially politically exploited expression of hatred a crime motivated by bigotry and hate often used before another noun hate mailan organization tracking hate groups — see also hate crime

2 : an object of hatred a generation whose finest hate had been big business— F. L. Paxson

hate

verb
hated; hating

Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to feel extreme enmity toward : to regard with active hostility hates his country's enemies

2 : 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 harsh faces and hating eyes— Katherine A. Porter

hate one's guts

: to hate someone with great intensity

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Other Words from hate

Verb

hater noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hate

Synonyms: Noun

abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, hatred, loathing

Synonyms: Verb

abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, loathe

Antonyms: Noun

affection, devotion, fondness, love

Antonyms: Verb

love

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Verb

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

Examples of hate in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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

But environmentalists have a love-hate relationship with Shark Week. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018 Places where our own love-hate relationship with wild animals flings open the door for the unexpected. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 With noticeable results, many CPAP users, even those like Blumstein with a love-hate relationship with their devices, persist. Washington Post, "New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom," 12 July 2018 The love-hate relationship travelers have toward flying is inescapable. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The magic and horror of air travel," 12 July 2018 As his and Ruth’s love-hate flirtation simmers, Sam briefly shacks up with the beautiful, flighty wrestler Rhonda Richardson (Kate Nash). Judy Berman, New York Times, "What to Remember Before ‘GLOW’ Comes Back for Season 2," 25 June 2018 Painter spoke of his love-hate relationship with his career, including several of his related injuries, in an interview with Seattle Weekly in 2013. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Deadliest Catch Captain Blake Painter Found with Drugs at Time of Death," 11 June 2018 But in the number two spot is our forever love-hate rival on the East Coast, New York City. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where Do People Move When They Leave California?," 5 June 2018 Painter spoke of his love-hate relationship with his career in a 2013 interview with Seattle Weekly. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Deadliest Catch Star Blake Painter Found Dead at 38," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are so many characters to love on Riverdale (and even more to hate). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who Is Hot Dog? All About the Star of the "Riverdale" Premiere," 11 Oct. 2018 If you…would like us to not hate you…pledge to vote for feminist women only. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Northeastern distancing itself from professor who said women have right to ‘hate men’ because they’ve ‘done us wrong’," 2 Oct. 2018 Police can only do so much to quell the violence as guns are easy to get and people are too quick to hate one another. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "As murders rise among Indianapolis youth, so too does the search for answers," 2 July 2018 As much as Bay Area people want to hate Johnson, nobody really wanted to see Magic standing in the unemployment line. Won’t LaVar Ball be even more insufferable now that the global spotlight is shining brightly on the Lakers? Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "L.A. rolls out red carpet for LeBron and son," 1 July 2018 The playwright says many young people tell him after the play that their parents had taught them to hate Jews. Time, "A Tale of Three Jihadists Puts the Fight Against Extremism Onstage," 14 June 2018 Social networks spread discord and hate across our politics, a myriad of addictive devices hook us in and then drive us apart, and new technologies like artificial intelligence, automation and robotics could mean vast changes across our workplace. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Turn and face the change: Recode and Vox.com are partnering," 1 Nov. 2018 In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, the Holocaust Center is boosting efforts with Seattle-area teachers to address anti-Semitism and hate in their classrooms. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "‘We will arise’: Thousands gather in Seattle for vigil mourning Pittsburgh synagogue massacre," 31 Oct. 2018 This kind of bureaucratic consensus-building tends to be slow and tedious, which is why entrepreneurial-minded people like Elon Musk hate doing it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla is outgrowing Elon Musk," 29 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of hate

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hate

Noun

Middle English, probably derivative of haten "to hate entry 2," replacing hete "hate, hatred," going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *hatiz- (whence, also inflected as an i-stem as in Old English, Old Saxon heti "hatred," and, inflected as a neuter strong noun, Old Norse hatr "hatred, spite" and Gothic hatis "anger, enmity"), perhaps going back to Indo-European *ḱh2d-es-, derivative of a base *ḱeh2d- "grief, pain, hatred," whence, with different ablaut grades and suffixation, Oscan cadeis (genitive singular) "ill will," Middle Irish cais "love, hatred," Old Welsh cás "bitterness, hatred" (Celtic from a derivative *ḱh2d-ti-), Greek kêdos (neuter) "care, grief, (in plural) funeral rites, mourning, connection by marriage," Avestan sādra- "grief, pain, calamity"

Note: Though this Indo-European etymon is generally accepted in etymological dictionaries of the relevant older languages, the semantic relations are far from transparent, in particular the relation between "grief, mourning, care" (Greek, Iranian) and "hatred" (Germanic, Italic, and Celtic, though the ambiguity of the Irish word is peculiar).

Verb

Middle English haten, going back to Old English hatian, going back to Germanic *hatōjan- (whence Old Saxon haton "to hate," Old High German hazzōn, Old Norse hata,), derivative from the base of *hatiz- hate entry 1

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More Definitions for hate

hate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very strong feeling of dislike

hate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

hate

noun
\ˈhāt \

Kids Definition of hate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deep and bitter dislike

hate

verb
hated; hating

Kids Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel great dislike toward

hate someone's guts

: to hate someone very much

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