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 Official hate crime, data which is collected by the FBI based on voluntary reporting from law enforcement agencies, has not yet been released for 2020. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Nearly two-thirds of anti-Asian hate incidents reported by women, new data shows," 7 May 2021 He has since been charged with assault and battery, a hate crime, and parole violation. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Reporter’s notebook: How MLK’s dream inspires one Chinatown resident," 5 May 2021 Christopher Rascoll, 49 of Blauvet, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of interference with the right to fair housing, a hate crime, and a count of sending threatening messages before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, "Man charged with hate crime after sending anti-Semitic death threats to Stratford resident," 28 Apr. 2021 And then there’s this horrific hate crime that really just shook everyone. NBC News, "These Asian actors, filmmakers could become Oscars "firsts" this year," 23 Apr. 2021 Vivona, who is white, is reportedly suspected of elder abuse, a hate crime, and making physical threats. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "California man arrested for allegedly assaulting and threatening Asian Americans in public park," 20 Apr. 2021 If that is not a racist, sexist hate crime, then what the hell is? Los Angeles Times, "Column: If the mass killing of six Asian women isn’t a hate crime, what is?," 17 Mar. 2021 New York Police are investigating the unprovoked attack as a possible hate crime, which carry heavier penalties. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, "New York Police Probe Stabbing Of Asian Man As Potential Hate Crime," 26 Feb. 2021 Steve Soto, 23, of Carlsbad pleaded guilty last month to charges of violating civil rights by damaging property — a misdemeanor hate crime — and felony vandalism stemming from the June 4 shooting that shattered a window at Bliss Tea & Treats. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man gets probation, 1 year in jail for shooting BB gun at Oceanside business supporting BLM," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

10 May 2021

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