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 Following three days of testimony, the jury in a Tucson district court found Ridenour guilty on all six counts, including arson and hate crimes for his actions in May 2023. Lux Butler, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2024 Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker said hate crime charges are not being pursued because Watkins is openly gay and Pauly was transitioning. Ed Palattella, USA TODAY, 10 July 2024 Crime dropped statewide last year with a few notable exceptions, including vehicle thefts and hate crimes, according to a new report. Christine Clarridge, Axios, 10 July 2024 Last month, leaders of the Middlesex County NAACP and Black Lives Matter 860 called out town leaders at a June 12 board of education meeting and demanded that the alleged behavior be investigated as a hate crime. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for hate crime 

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hate crime was in 1960

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“Hate crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate%20crime. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hate crime

plural hate crimes
: any of various crimes (as assault) when motivated by hostility to the victim based on social characteristics (as color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin)

Legal Definition

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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