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 The incident is being investigated as a hate crime with the assistance of a local field office of the FBI, the police said. Rebekah Riess And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "The FBI is assisting a hate crime investigation after a noose was found at a Kalamazoo, Michigan, high school," 3 July 2020 There is agreement on compiling data on police misconduct and sharing it across jurisdictions nationwide, as well as on making lynching a federal hate crime. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "As Congress leaves town, hopes for police reforms fade," 1 July 2020 Both bills include a section making lynching a hate crime. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House passes wide-ranging Democratic police reform bill," 26 June 2020 The incident has received national attention and a number of advocacy groups across the country have denounced the attack as a hate crime. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "FBI joining investigation into hate attack on Madison woman who says 4 men burned her with lighter fluid," 26 June 2020 The Madison Police Department is now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, and are looking into surveillance footage of the incident, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "18-Year-Old Althea Bernstein Was Allegedly Set On Fire By Four White Men In Wisconsin," 26 June 2020 Noose found at Sonoma Raceway being investigated as hate crime by FBI, sheriff. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Why climate activists are joining Black Lives Matter protests," 24 June 2020 Liutenant Ryan Shea said the incident was investigated as a hate crime. NBC News, "White men in car chased down Black teens on bikes in Connecticut, 1 hurled slurs, police say," 24 June 2020 Cleveland police are investigating as a hate crime an incident where a white man shouted racial slurs and drove into a group of Black teenagers, reports Adam Ferrise. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio sees highest coronavirus increase in more than a month: The Wake Up for Tuesday, June 23, 2020," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of hate crime

1960, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 2020

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“Hate crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate%20crime. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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