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 White — who said police think Hall's truck did make contact with one of the children's bikes — told them that state prosecutors would be conferring with federal authorities about possible hate crime charges in this case. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2022 Gendron, 19, was indicted last week on the hate crime charges and weapons counts. Harold Maass, The Week, 19 July 2022 The indictment comes about one month after federal hate crime charges were announced. Paul Best, Fox News, 14 July 2022 He is charged with numerous counts, including federal hate crime charges punishable by the death penalty, and has pleaded not guilty to state and federal charges. Carolyn Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 Police arrested a man on hate crime charges after multiple instances of anti-Asian graffiti were found on a home in Northern California. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 The suspect in the racist mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket last month that killed 10 people faces multiple federal hate crime charges carrying the potential of the death penalty, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 16 June 2022 Start Here begins Thursday morning with ABC's Aaron Katersky detailing the federal hate crime charges leveled against Buffalo supermarket shooter Payton Gendron. Rick Klein, ABC News, 16 June 2022 Federal prosecutors filed hate crime charges against the white gunman who allegedly fired five dozen shots while killing 10 people in a racist attack in western New York, officials said Wednesday. Kim Sneed, NBC News, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Hate crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate%20crime. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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