hate

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhāt How to pronounce hate (audio) \

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

In America today the language of hate and prejudice has been inciting violence more and more often. CBS News, "Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?," 20 July 2019 The redesign comes at a time when the company is beginning to revise its policies about hate and harassment on the platform, and is leaning more heavily on human moderators to do the janitorial tasks of keeping the place nice. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign," 15 July 2019 The hate and violence perpetrated by Antifa must be condemned in the strongest possible way by all Americans. Dallas News, "Ted Cruz demands federal inquiry of Portland mayor after Antifa attack on conservative journalist," 1 July 2019 Here’s a look at some of the reactions Gold’s piece has received on Instagram so far: This @telegraph article (which is written by a WOMAN) about @nike’s expanded size range is full of hate and inaccurate information. Dara Pettinelli Kapoor, Health.com, "What Nike’s Plus-Size Mannequin Means for All Women, Even Tanya Gold," 11 June 2019 These topics appear in the book, in chapters that deal with woman-on-woman hate and gossipy media coverage—the products, Agrawal writes, of scarcity mind-sets and a news business that rewards clickbait. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 In fact, election results also show the persistence of hate and white supremacy in America. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 The Black Student Union called for a walkout to protest the hate speech and administrators’ lack of response. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Student finds community despite school’s strife," 20 July 2019 In terms of hate speech, companies need to get better at policing the content on their own platforms. Dries Buytaert For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The internet has become a dark place. I want the old one back," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also, some people just hate the summer, which is reason enough to feel awful. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 This is done in the name of protection of the motherland, which the newly marginalized are said to hate. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Weaponization of National Belonging, from Nazi Germany to Trump," 21 July 2019 Macron himself is known to dislike the website, to have disdain for journalists in general, and to hate appearing to cave in to articles that challenge him. Adam Nossiter, BostonGlobe.com, "French minister who dined on lobster at taxpayers’ expense resigns," 16 July 2019 In other words, there was a little there for everyone to hate. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Bitter medicine of Perot’s 1992 campaign wouldn’t sell today," 10 July 2019 My patience for folks who think a glittery parade is tantamount to hate speech can't come to the phone right now. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift," 19 June 2019 Say, the folks in law enforcement just revealed to be belonging to hate groups on Facebook. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Kamala Harris Was Right To Say She Would Prosecute Donald Trump," 18 June 2019 Personal finance columnist tend to hate annuities and advise people to stay away from them because some have many unnecessary and expensive features. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "It’s time to get over how much we hate annuities," 3 June 2019 Her adorable little pug, Mojo, just so happened to hate being wet and would often run around the house making every piece of furniture and area of the floor damp. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Huge Fluffy Hair Dryers for Dogs Exist And I Can’t Stop Laughing," 15 May 2019

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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
used to apologize for doing something or to express regret or guilt often followed by to + verb

hate

noun
\ ˈhāt How to pronounce hate (audio) \

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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