hateful

adjective
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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Other Words from hateful

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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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 Russia was identified as being behind a large-scale campaign to sow division in advance of the 2016 election through the use of hateful, misleading and divisive information spread across major social media platforms. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "How anonymous tweets helped ignite a national controversy over MAGA hat teens," 23 Jan. 2019 Ariana was also the recipient of hateful comments, with some people placing blame upon the singer-songwriter. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018 As several people noted on Twitter, Pete’s upsetting note was peppered with hateful words from Instagram users — some even seeming to encourage him to self-harm. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018 Facebook and YouTube both have strict rules against posting content that is hateful, pornographic, or violates someone's privacy. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Op-ed: Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea [Updated]," 6 Aug. 2018 Jon Huertas, the actor behind the controversial character, gets hateful comments on social media because of his on-screen personality's actions. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Star Jon Huertas Explains Why Kevin Pearson Hates Miguel So Much," 24 Oct. 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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hateable

hate crime

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hateless

hate mail

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hateful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hateful

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

hateful

adjective
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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