hate·​ful | \ ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio) \

Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate : malicious
2 : deserving of or arousing hate

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hatefully \ ˈhāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce hatefully (audio) \ adverb
hatefulness noun

Examples of hateful in a Sentence

the girl's classmates were bullying her online, sending her hateful e-mails and text messages

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In order to change the behaviors of hateful people, people have to know the history and from where the hate stems. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "'Greenwood Avenue' Costume Designer Talks the Importance of 1920s Black Fashion," 28 Sep. 2018 Sadly, his views and his presidency serve to embolden other hateful people and to diminish our nation's position as a power for good, for decency, for democracy. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "How Much More of Trump's Insanity Are We Willing to Take?," 12 Jan. 2018 The Kardashian-Jenners are no strangers to receiving hateful comments on social media, but this time, racist trolls are coming for the youngest family members. Andrea Park, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Disabled Her Instagram Comments After Racist Trolls 5-Month-Old Daughter True," 19 Sep. 2018 Police said the passenger spewed hateful comments at two black teenage girls shortly before the attack. Washington Post, "Driver rams into 3 on Portland, Oregon, sidewalk; 1 critical," 25 May 2018 But in the era of President Trump, at a time when white supremacists feel emboldened and an anti-immigrant fervor has gripped the Republican Party, Republican leaders are increasingly forced to make choices about how to react to hateful remarks. New York Times, "Steve King’s Inflammatory Behavior Is Met With Silence From G.O.P.," 15 June 2018 People don’t decide that items of clothing are hateful arbitrarily. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the MAGA Hat Became a Symbol of Hate," 31 Jan. 2019 Your statement is hateful rhetoric and shows your true feelings. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Swedesboro restaurant: We absolutely did not kick out Sarah Huckabee Sanders," 24 June 2018 Not every one of these people are hateful, bigoted, misogynistic people. Gary Graff, Billboard, "American Aquarium Tackles Sobriety on 'One Day at a Time': Premiere," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of hateful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hateful

Middle English, from hate hate entry 1 + -ful -ful entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hateful

: very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate
: full of hate : showing hate


hate·​ful | \ ˈhāt-fəl How to pronounce hateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate “Then you get her out of here,” he said with hateful force.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
2 : very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate a hateful crime

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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