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
Recent Examples on the Web Aside from protecting the site’s writers from hateful comments, there were commercial reasons to try the nudges, said the publisher’s chief revenue officer, Justin Wohl. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Online Platforms Ask Users to Be Polite With ‘Nudges’," 2 Oct. 2020 When taken to an extreme, hateful rhetoric by political leaders can precipitate civil wars and genocides, as was the case in the 1990s in Rwanda, where Hutu extremists used anti-Tutsi radio broadcasts to foment widespread violence. James Piazza, The Conversation, "When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases," 28 Sep. 2020 Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. have also made false statements about the legislation online, which Wiener said fueled the hateful messages. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. Supes delay resolution to condemn homophobic, antisemitic QAnon attacks on Sen. Scott Wiener," 25 Sep. 2020 The 63 pages or whatever of hateful, horrible, threatening text messages — that was what really, really corroborated it. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Suspicions raised after Georgia woman says she accidentally shot her boyfriend," 23 Sep. 2020 When Cardinals safety Budda Baker opened his phone Monday, the day after a win over the 49ers, he was reminded of how hateful people can be. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals' Budda Baker's response to hate-filled messages: 'All you can do is pray' for them," 15 Sep. 2020 Ebben also has little regard for his imperious grandmother, who continues to bully and disrespect his parents and be hateful to him. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Mystery review: The plot is the thing in entertaining Hollywood-set ‘Dead West’," 11 Aug. 2020 There is no room for this cowardly, hateful, criminal conduct in San Francisco. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "3 incidents at S.F. Armenian church, school now considered hate crimes," 23 Sep. 2020 In the video, D'Amelio says some of the most hateful comments she's gotten online are aimed at her body, her weight, and her looks. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "TikTok’s Charli D’Amelio Is Publishing A Book," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of hateful was in the 14th century

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15 Oct 2020

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“Hateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hateful. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce hateful (audio)

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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