hate

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhāt How to pronounce hate (audio) \

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

Some whose heart is filled with hate attempted a grenade attack. Hadra Ahmed, New York Times, "Deadly Grenade Attack at Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Rally," 23 June 2018 The memes themselves were an attempt at ironic humor, since no one believes a girl as nice and innocent as Brown would actually be filled with hate, but at the end of the day, the initial intent doesn't matter. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Millie Bobby Brown's Anti-Bullying Speech Isn't The Whole Story," 19 June 2018 The boy shooters filled with nihilism and despair, with hate, with little regard for the lives of others. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "School shooters are a symptom of a culture that is ill," 18 May 2018 And of course, some of Beyoncé's fans did not stand for any hate aimed at their queen. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Cut Out Carbs, Sugar, Dairy, Meat, Fish, and Alcohol from Her Pre-Coachella Diet," 19 Apr. 2019 After defending Sterling, the Belgian playmaker was quick to blame the use of social media as a platform for disseminating hate. SI.com, "'I Don't Know Why There's Criticism': Kevin De Bruyne Defends Under Fire Teammate Raheem Sterling," 8 June 2018 Even though it's been one of the most popular birth control methods for decades, many women have a love-hate relationship with their pill. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Signs You’re on the Wrong Birth Control Pill," 3 Apr. 2019 The Disney Channel queens and Princess Protection Program co-stars certainly have a love-hate relationship. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 For the January/February 2019 issue of House Beautiful, editorial director Joanna Saltz and five innovative designers talk about change—and our love-hate relationship with it. Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Five Designers Speak On The Nature Of Change And Why It Can Be So Scary," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No one can hate when your gloss game is strong, but actually mashing that onto a human's face is gross and cruel and no. Bernadette Anat, Seventeen, "How to Kiss: 20 Secrets Good Kissers Know," 2 Aug. 2018 What should tech companies like Google and Facebook do about terrorists and hate groups that flock to their platforms to search for like-minded individuals and disseminate propaganda? Erika Fry, Fortune, "How Tech Companies Like Google Deal With Terrorists on Their Platforms," 12 June 2018 Did the Instagram algorithm change again or does everyone just hate me? Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing BAZAAR.com's Advice Column on Fashion, Relationships, Career, and More," 9 Apr. 2019 People who love Valentine’s Day, people who hate Valentine’s Day. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Only Thing Worse Than Valentine's Day Is Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 And those who hate Columbus and his legacy still must acknowledge that this indigenous practice vanished thanks to the advent of Christianity in our hemisphere. Alejandro Bermudez, WSJ, "Catholics Against Columbus," 24 Jan. 2019 Future award show attendees who hate cold weather should take note. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jameela Jamil Wore Jeans to the Golden Globes—Under Her Gown," 7 Jan. 2019 What’s for certain is that those who hate their opponents will be more willing to believe the worst about them. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 The entire movie, from that point on, is pretty much a love story where two people who love schedules find each other (Stacy and the prince) and two people who hate schedules fall for one another (Lady Margaret and Stacy’s BFF/sous chef). Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 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
used to apologize for doing something or to express regret or guilt often followed by to + verb

hate

noun
\ ˈhāt How to pronounce hate (audio) \

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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