hate crime


Definition of hate crime

: any of various crimes (such as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (such as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

Examples of hate crime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the new law, a Justice Department official will be put in charge of hate crime-reviews and federal grants will be targeted to improved investigation and reporting of incidents. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 28 May 2021 Gray said the Black leaders are seeking a federal hate crime investigation. Jim Salter, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 As part of the strategy, Garland also is naming the criminal chief for the department's Civil Rights Division to expedite the review of hate crime offenses. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Jessica McRorie, a department spokeswoman, said that as of Sunday there had been 80 anti-Semitic hate crime complaints this year, compared with 62 during the same period last year. New York Times, 26 May 2021 Some states are working on new or tougher anti-hate crime laws, including South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 26 May 2021 The legislation will put a Justice Department official in charge of a review of anti-Asian hate crimes and will allot federal grants for law enforcement training and hate crime hotlines. BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2021 Hallandale Beach police arrested Jeffrey Carl Fleming on Monday on charges of felony stalking with a hate crime enhancement and littering human waste. Fox News, 25 May 2021 The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Waseem Awawdeh, the NYPD said, and investigators are recommending several charges, including one hate crime assault. Nicole Chavez, Brynn Gingras And Kristina Sgueglia, CNN, 21 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hate crime.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of hate crime

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hate crime was in 1960

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3 Jun 2021

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“Hate crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate%20crime. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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Legal Definition of hate crime

: a crime that violates the victim's civil rights and that is motivated by hostility to the victim's race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender

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