hate

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhāt \

Definition of hate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury

b : extreme dislike or disgust : antipathy, loathing had a great hate of hard work

c : a systematic and especially politically exploited expression of hatred a crime motivated by bigotry and hate often used before another noun hate mailan organization tracking hate groups — see also hate crime

2 : an object of hatred a generation whose finest hate had been big business —F. L. Paxson

hate

verb
hated; hating

Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to feel extreme enmity toward : to regard with active hostility hates his country's enemies

2 : to have a strong aversion to : find very distasteful hated to have to meet strangers hate hypocrisy

intransitive verb

: to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostility harsh faces and hating eyes —Katherine A. Porter

hate one's guts

: to hate someone with great intensity

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Other words from hate

Verb

hater noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hate

Synonyms: Noun

abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, hatred, loathing

Synonyms: Verb

abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, loathe

Antonyms: Noun

affection, devotion, fondness, love

Antonyms: Verb

love

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Verb

hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for. hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice. hated the enemy with a passion detest suggests violent antipathy. detests cowards abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance. a crime abhorred by all abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnation. abominates all forms of violence loathe implies utter disgust and intolerance. loathed the mere sight of them

Examples of hate in a Sentence

Noun

These crimes are motivated by prejudice and hate. They have been unable to overcome their hates and fears.

Verb

He was a cruel tyrant who was hated and feared by his people. She hated them for betraying her. They were political rivals who truly hated each other. What is it that you hate about him most? children whose families have taught them to hate They hate being apart from each other. I hate the idea of leaving my mother alone all week.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Current Time 0:00 / Duration 2:05 Kansas Citians hold anti-hate rally at the Plaza Advertisement Hundreds participated on Sunday in a rally opposing hate groups at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Acid-tripping neo-Nazi from Missouri disabled train to ‘save it from black people,’ feds say," 13 July 2018 However, proof that there is more love in this world than hate. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Sam Smith Pays Emotional Visit to Pulse Nightclub: 'There Is More Love in This World Than Hate'," 13 July 2018 The vitriolic hate is disturbing, especially considering the massive loss Argento has just faced, and her peers are taking a stand against it. refinery29.com, "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 The present global explosion of anxiety and hate is unlike anything most of us have ever witnessed. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Black Lives Matter normalized hate against police officers. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 That hate was always around the corner, always bubbling up under the sweetest of our days. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Reading List for Reconsidering the Fourth of July in 2018," 3 July 2018 It’s hard to forgive and let go of hate that’s defined you for most of your life. Zito Madu, GQ, "How to Forgive Your Father," 26 June 2018 That one heart wrenching topic is addressed in his column in the Players' Tribune, along with many other intriguing stories, and his discussion regarding the hate campaign against him speaks volumes about the 23-year-old's resilience. SI.com, "England Star Raheem Sterling Opens Up on 'Unbelievable' Tabloid Hate Campaigns," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mark Zuckerberg can live with the government imposing rules about harassment, hate speech, and even privacy, because those rules will help stave off the debate over monopoly. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Woman Walks Ahead is too small and picturesque to hate, and too full of talent to disregard outright. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Review: Woman Walks Ahead Proves Good Intentions Don’t Make a Good Movie," 29 June 2018 Here's how to avert a disaster during the weekend staple some love and others love to hate. Josh Petri, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 11 May 2018 One portion was flagged by Facebook’s hate-speech sniffing programs and blocked from publishing. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Facebook Reportedly Apologizes After Flagging the Declaration of Independence as Hate Speech," 5 July 2018 The dispute with Israel sparked a wave of anti-Semitic rhetoric in Poland, even by members of the government and commentators in public media, as well as hate speech directed against Poles abroad. Washington Post, "Polish government backs away from disputed Holocaust law," 27 June 2018 Peterson does not hate women or people of color with the dedication or drive of his most ardent fans. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Don’t hate me One Direction fans, but between the sultry country twang and Ray’s smoldering voice, this was definitely the steamier version. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 7: Kesha, Pixies, Midland, Cheat Codes and more," 4 July 2018 Well, a lot of people would certainly hate LeBron for doing this. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Case For LeBron to Back Out of His Deal With the Lakers," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of hate

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hate

Noun

Middle English, probably derivative of haten "to hate entry 2," replacing hete "hate, hatred," going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *hatiz- (whence, also inflected as an i-stem as in Old English, Old Saxon heti "hatred," and, inflected as a neuter strong noun, Old Norse hatr "hatred, spite" and Gothic hatis "anger, enmity"), perhaps going back to Indo-European *ḱh2d-es-, derivative of a base *ḱeh2d- "grief, pain, hatred," whence, with different ablaut grades and suffixation, Oscan cadeis (genitive singular) "ill will," Middle Irish cais "love, hatred," Old Welsh cás "bitterness, hatred" (Celtic from a derivative *ḱh2d-ti-), Greek kêdos (neuter) "care, grief, (in plural) funeral rites, mourning, connection by marriage," Avestan sādra- "grief, pain, calamity"

Note: Though this Indo-European etymon is generally accepted in etymological dictionaries of the relevant older languages, the semantic relations are far from transparent, in particular the relation between "grief, mourning, care" (Greek, Iranian) and "hatred" (Germanic, Italic, and Celtic, though the ambiguity of the Irish word is peculiar).

Verb

Middle English haten, going back to Old English hatian, going back to Germanic *hatōjan- (whence Old Saxon haton "to hate," Old High German hazzōn, Old Norse hata,), derivative from the base of *hatiz- hate entry 1

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More Definitions for hate

hate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very strong feeling of dislike

hate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dislike (someone) very strongly : to feel hate for (someone)

: to dislike (something) very strongly : to find (something) very unpleasant

hate

noun
\ ˈhāt \

Kids Definition of hate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deep and bitter dislike

hate

verb
hated; hating

Kids Definition of hate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel great dislike toward

hate someone's guts

: to hate someone very much

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