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 nounhate 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for hate

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Those include Telegram, where extremists and White supremacist channels have existed and spewed hate for years in channels largely unmoderated until just days ago. Sara Sidner And Mallory Simon, CNN, "Heading 'into a buzzsaw': Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning," 16 Jan. 2021 David Westreich, a spokesman for MeWe, said the platform has strict rules against hate, calls to violence and bullying, and responds quickly by taking down accounts that are flagged. Washington Post, "Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps--and out of view of law enforcement," 15 Jan. 2021 David Westreich, a spokesman for MeWe, said the platform has strict rules against hate, calls to violence and bullying, and responds quickly by taking down accounts that are flagged. Anchorage Daily News, "Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps - and out of view of law enforcement," 15 Jan. 2021 Photos filed as evidence by the Kenosha prosecutors show the teenager flashing a hand sign that has been designated as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League. Katie Shepherd, BostonGlobe.com, "Kyle Rittenhouse flashed hate symbols, posed with Proud Boys in a Wisconsin bar, prosecutors say," 14 Jan. 2021 The Daily Stormer and 8chan, the hate-speech-heavy messageboard favored by mass shooters looking to publish manifestos. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "The Parler problem shows just how much the US has outsourced free speech protections," 13 Jan. 2021 Online extremism and hate can lead to real-world violence by legitimizing extreme actions. Alex Newhouse, The Conversation, "Big Tech’s rejection of Parler shuts down a site favored by Trump supporters – and used by participants in the US Capitol insurrection," 12 Jan. 2021 But despite the obvious limits of any single speech—even an inaugural address—the alternative is to allow Trump’s hate-mongering to gather strength in the dark recesses of the internet and on TV. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Keep Recycling Tired Rhetoric," 11 Jan. 2021 Among its priority issues for the 2021 session, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce supports adoption of hate-crime legislation. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Range of measures on lineup for Legislature," 10 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb State lawmakers returned to Austin for the opening day of session just days after an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — a violent event attended by right-wing extremists and hate groups. Cayla Harris, ExpressNews.com, "Texas Democrats fight to make this year’s Confederate Heroes Day the last," 19 Jan. 2021 But Trump, of course, is leaving office, social media platforms only act to broadcast the voices of partisans, and special interests always make the list because voters hate them. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "CNN, Fox, and MSNBC blamed ‘very strongly’ for dividing nation," 14 Jan. 2021 Proud Boys are a right-wing extremist group known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy organization that tracks hate groups. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Kyle Rittenhouse posed for photos with Proud Boys supporters at a bar after being released on $2 million bail, prosecutors say," 14 Jan. 2021 Most countries impose certain limits on freedom of speech—Germany, for instance, specifically regulates hate speech online—but in the US, freedom of expression, as enshrined in the first amendment, is all but unlimited. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "How to make sense of Angela Merkel’s criticism of the Trump Twitter ban," 12 Jan. 2021 Part of his video appeared to show him in Nancy Pelosi’s office, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. Ford Fischer, ProPublica, "Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified at Capitol Riot," 9 Jan. 2021 Community wellbeing is a large focus of the Archewell Foundation, with issues such as online bullying, hate speech on social media, and tech addiction high on the list of their efforts. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Share a Letter for 2021 and Provide Updates on Their Archewell Non-Profit," 31 Dec. 2020 My amazing editor of The Short List, Lindsay Deutsch, wrote a powerful piece on why anti-Semitism isn't a punchline and how hate speech begets action. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "This is the story of the American virus," 10 Dec. 2020 The post and others were first published by The Ozarks Coalition, which tracks hate groups in Arkansas. NBC News, "Arkansas police chief resigns after appearing to call for violence over election," 9 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of hate was before the 12th century

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for hate

hate

noun
How to pronounce hate (audio)

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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