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 nounhate 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for hate

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Giovanni believes that political, social and spiritual awareness are intertwined, and her writings and public appearances have touched on such issues as gender, race, domestic abuse and hate crimes. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Musician Allison Adams Tucker finds inspiration in nature," 22 Oct. 2020 The months around the 2016 and 2018 elections also saw sharp spikes in hate crimes and militia groups like the Oath Keepers organizing armed poll-watching operations. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "How Online Extremists Could Interfere With the Election," 20 Oct. 2020 Holcomb for two years pushed the legislature to pass a comprehensive hate-crimes law that included gender identity. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "With Supreme Court vacancy, social issues gain importance in Indiana gubernatorial race," 20 Oct. 2020 President Trump has a long history of spewing violent rhetoric at his rallis — one study found that counties that hosted MAGA rallies in 2016 experienced a 226 percent increase in hate crimes. Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, "Is Lara Trump Auditioning To Be The New Ivanka?," 19 Oct. 2020 At the same time, the community is struggling with inadequate access to comprehensive health care, the need to keep front-line employment and growing incidents of anti-Asian hate crimes. USA Today, "Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame," 19 Oct. 2020 There were 206 hate crimes recorded by the NYPD between Jan. 1 and Sept. 27, down 33% compared with 308 in the same period a year ago. Shan Li And Ben Chapman, WSJ, "NYPD Forms Asian Hate Crime Task Force," 18 Oct. 2020 Proponents say a change would allow the authorities to keep statistics on homophobic and transphobic attacks, provide a deterrent and send a clear message that these are hate crimes. Emma Bubola, New York Times, "Bill Offering L.G.B.T. Protections in Italy Spurs Rallies on Both Sides," 17 Oct. 2020 Holzer’s guilty plea is a reminder that hate crimes will not be tolerated in the state, Scott Levin, the director of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region said. Fox News, "Alleged neo-Nazi pleads guilty in Colorado synagogue plot," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As much as people hate taxpayer assistance for big businesses like Google, doing nothing won't be popular, either. Star Tribune, "Schafer: What looks like a giveaway to Google is actually a bet against decline in Becker," 21 Oct. 2020 In contrast, the new totalitarians offer resentment, grievance, hate, and the demonization of anyone who might have something to teach them. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Totalitarianism on Campus," 17 Oct. 2020 This is still a new condition and uncertainty is something that medical underwriters just hate. The Atlantic, "Listen: Is COVID-19 a Preexisting Condition?," 16 Oct. 2020 From 2018 to 2019, hate bias incidents reported to the police increased from 375 to 385, following a sharp increase in incidents the previous year, when reports spiked from 295 to 398 in 2017. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, "Hate bias incident reports were up in Maryland last year, but the number of verified incidents dropped," 14 Oct. 2020 Coaches hate when sports writers shower praise on their team, especially early in the season. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Farmer Football 5: Don't take a single game for granted," 14 Oct. 2020 And of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Facebook bans Holocaust denial amid rapid rise in “deceptive” content," 12 Oct. 2020 During a news conference earlier Thursday, Whitmer specifically called out Trump's rhetoric and his inability to disavow white supremacist and hate groups during the recent presidential debate. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden: 'Throughline from President Trump’s dog whistles' to Whitmer kidnapping plot," 9 Oct. 2020 That was a real love/hate moment in the Doors' history. cleveland, "Doors celebrate 50th anniversary of ‘Morrison Hotel’ with special album release," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of hate was before the 12th century

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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for hate

hate

noun
How to pronounce hate (audio)

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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