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 hateful (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
Recent Examples on the Web Advertisers don't want their content next to hateful, extreme or unpleasant content. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 In 2018, amid the momentum of the #MeToo movement and a campaign to #MuteRKelly, the service removed his music from playlists after establishing a new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Kovacevich and other tech groups have also warned that the bill could force social media platforms to host hateful, racist, obscene and otherwise problematic content, which companies largely prohibit in their policies. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 Bachelor Klan is hateful, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic. Rachel Lindsay, Vulture, 21 June 2021 To protect businesses who choose to self-identify as LGBTQ-owned, Yelp is proactively monitoring pages for hate speech against the LGBTQ+ community and will remove any hateful, racist or harmful content that violates content guidelines. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 24 May 2021 But, in this situation, many would find Rowling's language to be that which is condemning, hateful, and violent. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, 19 Mar. 2021 The hateful rhetoric is similar to that seen amid Libyan and Syrian refugee waves in the 2010s, which paved the way for violent terrorist attacks in Christchurch and Pittsburgh, according to SITE. Geneva Sands, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Republican leaders refuse to state the obvious: Trump's hateful rhetoric emboldens violent extremists. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Hateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hateful. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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, Hear My Cry
2 : very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate a hateful crime

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