hate crime

noun
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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)

First Known Use of hate crime

1960


Law Dictionary

hate crime

noun

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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